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Week 15 Game Recap: New York Jets 10, Tennessee Titans 14


New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez, Pass: 13 - 28 - 131 - 1 TD / 4 INT, Rush: 4 - 6 - 0

Sanchez committed five ugly turnovers, four of which were interceptions, as the Jets' playoff chances vanished. Sanchez looked skittish in the pocket, failed to look off opposing defenders, and did not properly read coverage. Sanchez forced throws to covered receivers which led to his season high four interceptions. During the first half, Sanchez led two uneventful drives before he was lifted in favor of Tim Tebow. Tebow was unable to spark the offense and Sanchez was put back in. On his next pass attempt, Sanchez forced a throw to Jeremy Kerley and Jason McCourty jumped the route and intercepted the pass. This miscue was the beginning of Sanchez's turnover plagued game.

It was fitting that Sanchez's last two fourth quarter turnovers, an interception thrown into triple coverage and a botched snap, effectively ended the season for a quarterback that has committed 51 turnovers in his last 30 games. Sanchez threw his lone touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but his overall play and decision making was downright pathetic. Mark Sanchez is not a starting quarterback.

QB Tim Tebow, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 15 - 0

Earlier in the week, Rex Ryan was unsure whether Tim Tebow would dress. Not only did Ryan allow Tebow to dress, he played Tebow for an entire series in the first half. It was a horrible decision on so many levels. Sanchez developed a little bit of rhythm in his first two series, so playing Tebow destroyed Sanchez's confidence. In addition, Ryan played Tebow on two third-and-long passing situations. It was an odd time to let Tebow throw when he hasn't been trusted to. The two plays ended with a sack and a throw away. Tebow was effective as a runner, taking three carries up the middle for first downs. However, Tebow is clearly limited as a passer.

RB Shonn Greene, Rush: 13 - 68 - 0, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (3 targets)

Once again, Greene was impressive as the passing offense sputtered. Greene ran angry with a low pad level and gashed second level defenders. Greene's longest run of the game, a stretch play to the left, went for 16 yards as he initiated contact and lunged forward for extra yardage. When given carries, Greene was able to generate four to five yards per carry. However, Mark Sanchez's inability to establish a balanced offensive attack limited Greene's opportunities.

RB Bilal Powell, Rush: 6 - 28 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)

Powell spelled Shonn Greene throughout the game. Powell displayed his slashing running style as he took a carry off left tackle, made a shift move, and earned a 15-yard gain. Compared to his last few games, Powell was underutilized as Tony Sparano called more passing plays.

RB Joe McKnight, Rush: 4 - 29 - 0

When utilized, McKnight provided a much-needed spark. During the third quarter, McKnight took a toss left and accelerated up the sideline for a 20-yard gain. McKnight was also utilized on special teams, but has the ability to make big plays on offensive.

WR Braylon Edwards, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (5 targets)

Claimed on waivers only six days ago, Edwards started and played most of the game despite practicing in a limited fashion. Edwards showed no fear as he worked the middle of the field and took advantage of match-ups against safeties. Edwards beat Michael Griffin on a slant route and secured a 17-yard gain. Sanchez came back to Edwards, finding him down the seam for another 15-yard gain. Edwards is nursing a hamstring injury, but looked comfortable catching passes from Sanchez.

WR Jeremy Kerley, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (5 targets)

It was a frustrating game for Kerley. Kerley had a difficult time beating press coverage off the line of scrimmage and Sanchez's inaccuracy limited his output. Kerley's sole reception occurred on a slant route over the middle of the field.

TE Jeff Cumberland, Rec: 4 - 53 - 1 (9 targets)

Starting in place of the injured Dustin Keller, Cumberland became Sanchez's preferred target. During the third quarter, Sanchez delivered a perfect back shoulder to Cumberland. Cumberland plucked the ball, turned up field, and ran in for the 17-yard touchdown. Two drives later, Sanchez found Cumberland streaking down the seam for a 22-yard gain. Cumberland had several other big play opportunities, but Sanchez made some poor throws. Cumberland is an excellent blocker, but has been impressive as a receiver.

TE Konrad Reuland, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)

Reuland spent the majority of the game sealing the edges for Jet running backs. During the second quarter, Reuland leaked out of the backfield and hauled in short dump off pass for a four-yard gain.


Tennessee Titans

QB Jake Locker, Pass: 13 - 22 - 149 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 43 - 1

This game was all about rhythm for Locker. During the first half, Locker overthrew open receivers and made poor decisions when pressed out of the pocket. Outside of Chris Johnson's 94-yard touchdown run, Tennessee's offense was unable to develop any first half output. Antonio Cromartie did an excellent job against Kenny Britt, forcing Locker to target his other receivers.

After halftime, Locker completed five of his first six pass attempts and capped a seven-play, 64-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. From the shotgun, Locker sprinted to his left, allowed Chris Johnson to engage his block before diving through two defenders for the score. Locker wasn't spectacular, but made plays when he needed to win the game.

RB Chris Johnson, Rush: 21 - 122 - 1

During the second quarter, Johnson displayed why he's one of the NFL's most dangerous playmakers. Buried deep in his own territory, Johnson took a simple handoff up the middle, accelerated into the open field, and ran by Yeremiah Bell for a 94-yard touchdown. Outside of this run, the Jets completely shut down Johnson. Johnson spent most of the game 'dancing' into holes rather than accelerating into them.

WR Nate Washington, Rec: 4 - 62 - 0 (6 targets)

Nate Washington was the beneficiary of some good match-ups. Washington operated out of the slot, drawing the favorable matchup against Yeremiah Bell. Locker went to Washington early and often, completing two passes for 45 yards during his drive. Washington was able to beat Bell and secure inside position as he ran short post routes. Washington also won his two matchups against Kyle Wilson, beating him on intermediate routes for minimal gains.

WR Kendall Wright, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)

Wright didn't secure his first catch until the second quarter. Matched up against Wilson, Wright ran a sharp crossing route, fought for inside position, and made a tough catch for a 15-yard gain. During the third quarter, Wright secured a 15-yard gain on an out-route that set-up Jake Locker's rushing touchdown. Wright appeared to injure his shoulder during the game, but played through the pain.

WR Michael Preston, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (3 targets)

The Jets sold out to stop Kenny Britt, so Preston received some additional targets. Preston was strictly utilized as a deep threat. During the third quarter, Locker found Preston streaking down the right sideline for a 21-yard gain. Preston was able to out-work Yeremiah Bell to secure the catch.

WR Kenny Britt, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (3 targets)

Britt was shadowed by Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie did an excellent job taking Britt away by pressing him at the line of scrimmage. Locker tried to complete two deep passes down the left sideline, but Cromartie had safety help over the top and knocked the ball away.

TE Craig Stevens, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)

Stevens started in place of the injured Jared Cook. Stevens spent the majority of the game blocking for Chris Johnson, but also leaked out into the flat and secured minimal gains.


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