LP Field was once a place where opponents found it difficult to play but the Titans had only won 2 games at home prior to hosting the Jets. The Titans have clearly struggled at home as of late particularly in 2012 so it was important for them to defend their home turf and they did. The Titans beat the Jets 14 to 10 but the performance can only be called sloppy. So without further ado let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
THE GOOD:The Titans defense keeps playing better. A lot of people will mark this game off saying it was Sanchez and the Jets but let's not forget the Jets have won 6 games and have a pretty good running game. Sanchez has definitely struggled due to inconsistency and the Titans defense is now blitzing regularly and getting a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Jets have a good offensive line but the Titans sacked the Jets 4 times for 24 yards. The Titans also intercepted Sanchez 4 times and forced a fumble and are now -5 in the turnover ratio.
|I would hide too|
Quarterback Jake Locker didn't have his best game, but he did cut out the turnovers. Locker finished 13 of 22 for 149 yards passing and 7 of 53 rushing including a rushing touchdown. I will have more on Locker later as we discuss some bad things from the game.
The Titans did manage to score two rushing touchdowns, when your defense has 5 takeaways and you only score twice Houston we have a problem. Part of the problem stems from injuries to the offensive line, and that unit took another hit when Kevin Matthews went down with a high ankle sprain and is done for the year. Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright also suffered an injury to his ribs and his availability is in question for the Green Bay game at the least.
I have to put Jake Locker's accuracy issues in the bad category although I still do think they are overstated and there is no doubt in my mind his injury is affecting him. I hate to criticize the offensive line too much because of the injury situation and I know those guys are doing the best they can but Locker's pocket begins to collapse within 2 seconds. He clearly doesn't trust his pocket and you can't blame him. At this point, I don't even know why he is under center at all he is just getting killed there.
|Hey Coach, did you see that play!?!?|
|Wait til you see what I do to ya now Tim!|
|You gonna let me play some more Coach??|
The Titans continue to make stupid mistakes and commit stupid penalties as well. Tommie Campbell once again committed a stupid special teams penalty, and the Titans aren't getting consistently good position on offense. In fact, I think its safe to say the opposite is true. Return man Darius Reynaud did generally make good decisions this game however.