Feeding Chris Johnson, Ball-Carriers
Last season, Chris Johnson had 21 carries for 122 yards. Twenty of those carries went for 28 yards. The Jets defense buckled down after allowing a 94-yard touchdown run that was the difference in that 14-10 victory. The Jets enter this game as one of six teams with a run-defense that allows fewer than 80 yards per game.
REALITY: Johnson had 15 carries for 21 yards. Jackie Battle did better with 11 carries for 42 yards. Fortunately, Locker carved up a secondary that had little outside of Antonio Cromartie.
FAILURE (2 of 4)
Week 3 was full of sloppiness from both teams. The Titans had 11 penalties for 116 yards. The Jets had 20 penalties for 168 yards. Somehow, both teams exited the week with victories.
The Titans can’t afford to sacrifice field position and scoring opportunities on boneheaded mistakes, especially on special teams. Penalties and turnovers can turn what appears like a sure-win into a near-disaster—or worse.
REALITY: The Titans had four penalties for 30 yards. One of those penalties occurred on special teams. The Jets kept killing drives and taking points off the scoreboard because they couldn’t get out of their way. They had 10 penalties for 66 yards.
SUCCESS (3 of 5)