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Week 14 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 8, New York Jets 30

What you need to know

Tennessee Titans

• Ball security is still a concern with Mariota. • Dexter McCluster's return pushed David Cobb back down the depth chart. • Green-Beckham's inconsistency continues, Douglas' ineffectiveness does also. • Delanie Walker is Mariota's only reliable target.

New York Jets

The New York Jets won their third straight game, demonstrating the urgency needed to make a serious playoff push. New York dominated Tennessee on both sides of the ball, outgaining the overmatched Titans, 439-292. Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to dominate, tossing more three touchdown passes, while Chris Ivory turned in his first 100-yard performance in nearly two months. While New York’s offense capitalized and made plays, Tennessee’s defensive play was putrid. Defenders resorted to arm tackling ball carriers and the secondary missed countless assignments. Right before halftime, Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall connected for the easiest 69-yard touchdown in NFL history. Tennessee’s secondary forgot to cover Marshall, so Marshall caught a quick screen and ran free for an easy touchdown. This scoring play gave New York a commanding 27-0 lead before halftime and basically ended the game. On the other side of the ball, New York’s defensive line, namely Mouhammad Wilkerson, was all over Marcus Mariota; Mariota was sacked five times and looked completely befuddled by New York’s defensive alignments. With Darrelle Revis back in the fold, the secondary locked down Tennesse’s middling pass catchers, giving its talented array of pass rushers to attack Mariota at will. Wilkerson had his first career three-sack game and is just 0.5 sacks away from breaking Shaun Ellis’ career record (12.5 sacks).

Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 39 - 274 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 41 - 1 (1 targets)
It was a rough start for the Titans passing game, as Delanie Walker dropped a first down pass on the first snap before Mariota missed him on third down with a high throw. Mariota did find Dorial Green-Beckham deep downfield with a perfect touch pass down the seam, but it preceded a turnover. After holding the ball in the pocket on third-and-long, the quarterback overthrew Dexter McCluster underneath with a hand in his face for the interception. The Titans were being blown out in the first half. At 27-0, Mariota began to force the ball downfield in a two-minute drill. He should have been intercepted when he overthrew his intended target downfield but two Jets defensive backs got in each other's way. After halftime, Mariota came out and made a couple of impressive throws to move the offense past midfield. He then made an unexpected touchdown reception on a wildcat throw from Antonio Andrews. Mariota ran an impressive route to make the defender fall down before running clear down the sideline. In the fourth quarter, Mariota had a fumble that highlighted how loosely he had carried the ball at times during the game as a whole.

RB Dexter McCluster, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (5 targets)
McCluster was the target for Marcus Mariota's first quarter interception, but there was nothing the running back could have done to prevent it. The running back was given two carries, one off tackle and one up the middle, on the following drive but couldn't find any space. McCluster had a handful of touches before the end of the first half, but couldn't gain more than a few yards. He eventually got a first down on an angle route out of the backfield in the third quarter. McCluster added a second first down on the following drive when he converted a first-and-20 down the right sideline.

RB Antonio Andrews, 32 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 41 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
It wasn't a day for any of the Titans running backs to be productive on the ground. Predictably, the Jets defensive line was able to completely dominate the Titans offensive line so all of the Titans backs were looking to break through a wall whenever they got the ball. Andrews did find another way to contribute though. He surprised the Jets (and everyone watching) by throwing a touchdown pass to Marcus Mariota in the third quarter on a trick play.

RB David Cobb, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0
It wasn't a day for any of the Titans running backs to be productive on the ground. Predictably, the Jets defensive line was able to completely dominate the Titans offensive line so all of the Titans backs were looking to break through a wall whenever they got the ball. Cobb didn't get many carries as he dropped behind Dexter McCluster in the running back pecking order.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 53 - 0 (7 targets)
After his eventful game against the Jaguars last week, the Titans looked to Green-Beckham for the first time in the first quarter. Mariota threw a perfect touch pass to him between two defenders down the seam for a big gain. Green-Beckham wasn't targeted again until late in the second quarter when he made a play that was all too familiar. Last week against the Jaguars, Green-Beckham created an interception with a drop. In the same area of the field this week, he dropped a pass when he was wide open downfield that forced the Titans to punt. Mariota went back to Beckham on the following drive with a backshoulder throw against Antonio Cromartie for a first down. In the third quarter, Mariota looked for Green-Beckham over the middle against tight coverage but he waited on the ball. Green-Beckham added a first down on an out route in garbage time. It was another inconsistent outing from the receiver.

WR Harry Douglas, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 65 - 0 (7 targets)
As has been the case with Harry Douglas all season, he struggled to get open against the Jets. His first reception came in the third quarter, when he lined up tight to the line of scrimmage and caught a short pass against zone coverage. In the fourth quarter, Douglas shocked everyone by gaining 51 yards on a slant. Douglas was left wide open when Cromartie was picked off so it was a clean run downfield for Douglas. The receiver's gain was impressive, but in truth he should have gone further than he did because he was unopposed before getting to top speed. Douglas followed up that play with a short reception on a curl against zone coverage to begin the following drive.

WR Andrew Turzilli, 10 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (2 targets)
With Kendall Wright sidelined again, the Titans had few options at wide receiver. Rookie Andrew Turzilli was unexpectedly pushed into action, but his role was always going to be minor as the Titans focused on more two tight end packages. On 2nd-and-17 in the second quarter, Turzilli saw his first target. He caught a pass down the seam for a first down. Turzilli added his second reception on his second target in the third quarter. He made a clean catch on a quick out short of the first down marker.

TE Delanie Walker, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 71 - 0 (13 targets)
After a quiet start last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans looked to Walker immediately against the Jets. Unfortunately, he dropped the ball after running a corner route when he was open. Walker was targeted on every snap of the Titans' first drive, but he didn't catch a pass. The second throw was knocked down and the third was uncatchable over his head. Walker would catch just two passes in the first half, both going for modest gains. The tight end's most impressive play of the day came in the third quarter, when he slid to the ground in order to pull the ball in from behind while on the ground. In garbage time, Walker stockpiled receptions to boost his statistical output.

TE Phillip Supernaw, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)
Supernaw's only reception of the game came on Third-and-Long. He caught a quick pitch running up the seam to set up a Fourth-and-14. In the same situation on the final play of the game, Supernaw dropped Mariota's pass as he looked around for the ball too late.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 36 - 263 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 23 - 0
Another week, another dominant performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick extended his turnover-free streak to over 120 pass attempts while chucking another three touchdown passes. Fitzpatrick benefitted from several blown coverages and his pass catchers generating yardage after the catch. During the second quarter, Fitzpatrick set-up a short screen for Bilal Powell and Powell was able to score from 16 yards out. New York’s offensive line did an excellent job of setting up its blocks, but credit Powell for finding space and accelerating through it. Tennessee’s defenders attempted to ‘shoulder tackle’ Powell, which proved to be a fruitless endeavor. Right before halftime, Fitzpatrick benefitted from a bit of good luck, hooking up with Brandon Marshall for a 69-yard scoring play. Simply put, Tennessee’s secondary forgot to cover Marshall, so Fitzpatrick hit him with a quick screen and Marshall made the scoring play happen after the catch. Fitzpatrick also connected with Eric Decker for a 16-yard scoring play during the first quarter. Like we’ve seen week after week, Decker ran a tight post route and Fitzpatrick threw it in a spot where only Decker could make a play. While it may go somewhat unnoticed, Fitzpatrick continued to make plays with his legs, scrambling for 19 yards and picking up a key first down during the first half. Fitzpatrick’s scramble prolonged New York’s first drive, which resulted in his scoring strike to Decker.

Over the last three games, Fitzpatrick has thrown nine touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s playing arguably the best football of his long career and his offense is peaking at the right time.

RB Chris Ivory, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 101 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Chris Ivory went ‘back-to-basics’ against the Tennessee Titans. Ivory benefitted from seeing a lot of volume, rushing 22 times for 101 yards, but more importantly, he looked fresh. Ivory looked like an explosive, human battering ram at times, launching his body into defenders and carrying tacklers for extra yardage. Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh was gored by Ivory and ended up leaving the game. While he didn’t score a touchdown, Ivory sets the tone for the rest of the offense and softens defensive fronts so the passing game can get on track.

RB Bilal Powell, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 36 - 0, Rec: 5 - 46 - 1 (5 targets)
Bilal Powell turned in another strong performance, compiling 82 total yards and a touchdown. Powell saw nearly all of the third down work and had problem beating linebackers in one-on-one coverage. During the second quarter, Fitzpatrick set-up a quick screen in the red zone and Powell turned it into a 16-yard touchdown scrambler. Credit Powell for finding running room, but acknowledge he benefitted from some atrocious tackling Tennessee defenders. As a ball carrier, Powell was able to find running room against Tennessee’s generous run defense. Powell provides the lightning to Ivory’s thunder, which gives New York’s offense a valuable ingredient.

RB Stevan Ridley, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 23 - 0
For the first time this season, Stevan Ridley looked like the running back we saw in New England. Ridley’s first step was explosive and he was able to find running room against this porous defense. While the match-up was prime, it was a great confidence building performance for Ridley that he’ll hopefully build upon in future weeks.

WR Eric Decker, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 74 - 1 (10 targets)
Another week, another strong performance by Eric Decker. Once again, Decker operated out of the slot and dominated smaller corners with regularly. During the first quarter, Decker ran an option route, pivoting to a post-route and hauled in a 16-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Decker won his one-on-one match-up and Fitzpatrick delivered a strike. Decker was a lynch pin on third down, hauling in passes over the middle of the field. Due to game flow, Decker only saw two targets during the second half, but made the most of his opportunities during the first half.

WR Brandon Marshall, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 125 - 1 (10 targets)
Brandon Marshall turned in a solid performance, but his final stat line was a little inflated. During the second quarter, Tennessee’s secondary forgot to cover Marshall and he caught a screen and rumbled for a 69-yard touchdown. Credit Marshall for his speed after the catch, but the majority of defense will attempt to cover him. Outside of his 69-yard catch and run, Marshall ran intermediate routes and used his size to bully smaller defenders. Marshall was instrumental on third downs. With the game virtually over by halftime, Marshall caught two passes during the second half, but was primarily a spectator.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)
Quincy Enunwa earned another start in three wide receiver sets, but failed to make an impact. Enunwa caught a quick slant for a 10-yard gain, but otherwise, served as a blocker on perimeter. Devin Smith suffered a serious knee injury during the game, so Enunwa may see additional snaps in the coming weeks.