Jets try to keep playoff hopes alive against Titans
The New York Jets will probably have to go perfect from here on out if they want any chance at all of making the AFC playoffs. They've already won two in a row, and will try to make it three straight when they pay a visit to the 4-9 Tennessee Titans for this week's version of Monday Night Football (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
As of Monday morning most NFL betting outlets were listing New York at around +1.5 points for this game, with an OVER/UNDER of 41.5.
New York started 2-1 this year, and later sat at 3-3, then lost three games in a row. And after getting punked by New England Thanksgiving night 49-19 the Jets were 4-7 and teetering on the edge of relevance in the AFC playoff situation. But New York has won its last two games, albeit in unimpressive fashion. Two weeks ago New York out-uglied Arizona 7-6, and last week they beat the Jags 17-10 in Jacksonville.
At 6-7 the Jets trail 8-6 Cincinnati - which owns the second AFC Wild Card spot at the moment - by a game and a half.
Tennessee, meanwhile, had some hopes for this season, after going 9-7 last year. But the Titans, going with young Jake Locker at QB, started 0-2 this season, later fell to 1-4, got to 4-6 with an injured Locker on the bench, but then hit their bye week and haven't won since. Tennessee has lost its last three games after falling last week at Indianapolis 27-23.
So the Titans, at 4-9, are playing the role of spoiler from here on out.
By the numbers New York has been outgained this season by a 332-306 YPG margin, and outrushed 136-119.
Tennessee, meanwhile, has been outgained by a 377-332 YPG average, and outrushed 127-105.
These two teams last met three seasons ago, when the Jets, on the strength of two TD passes and a TD run by QB Mark Sanchez, beat the Titans 24-17.