TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: LP Field
Weather: Low 59, High 81
Line: Tennessee (-3.5)
It was a long offseason for the New York Jets in 2013, but amidst all of the controversy, a solid quarterback was introduced into the lineup. Rookie Geno Smith has had a mediocre completion percentage through three games, but his completion percentage doesn’t show just how much better he has gotten since his horrible preseason performance. Smith has 801 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Jets to an unlikely and unpredicted 2-1 record through the first three games. With Mark Sanchez likely out of New York after this season, Smith is looking to prove doubters wrong and fight to keep his job for the long-run. Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes have helped the young quarterback out, combining for 22 catches and 451 yards with two touchdowns — they happen to be Smith’s favorite targets.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Titans are coming off an exciting win against the San Diego Chargers in which Jake Locker threw a touchdown pass with under 30 second left in the game to win, 20-17. Sitting at 2-1, the Titans need better play from their quarterback as they rank 30th in the league in passing yards per game with under 200. If that’s not bad enough, the Titans have had a hard time getting the ball into the endzone, scoring just 20 points per game — that ranks in the bottom half of the league. Good thing for Locker is that he has a guy that goes by the name Nate Washington to help him out in the pass game with 227 yards receiving on the season. Chris Johnson leads the seventh-best run game in the NFL with 256 yards, but has yet to reach the goal line.
This game should be interesting when it comes to the teams’ defenses. Both the Titans and the Jets look to have top-1o units in the league and it will be interesting to see how each stellar pass defense reacts to the play of the young guns at quarterback. This game is pretty evenly matched on both sides of the ball — the Jets allow 16.7 points per game while the Titans allow 18.7 points.
PREDICTION: Jets 20, Titans 23