NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the second time in as many weeks, the Titans showed why they kept six receivers on their 53-man roster and illustrated the depth that’s been built at the position group.
Even though the Titans were without
The Jets committed to stopping the run and held the Titans to 78 net rushing yards on 31 attempts (including two kneel-downs for minus-2 yards to end the game), but Tennessee had 257 passing yards, which was 67 more than New York was allowing opponents.
More important was the fact that the offense capitalized with three touchdown drives after three turnovers in the first half. Here’s another look at the touchdowns by Tennessee’s offense.
The free agent acquisition was so open that Locker was able to guide the ball to him before Jets defenders could recover. Walker said time seemed to drag as he waited on the ball, but he secured it for a 7-0 lead with 11:57 left in the first quarter.
“Truthfully, it was supposed to be in the corner of the end zone and he threw it to me and floated it,” Walker said. “I was just looking like ‘Here they come,’ and I knew I had to make sure I took care of it. It is a little nervous when you float the ball.”
The drive followed a fumble by Jets rookie QB Geno Smith that was forced by
Verner’s second interception of Smith gave the Titans the ball at the New York 46 with 1:28 left in the first half. Tennessee had the luxury of all three of its timeouts, unlike the week before when Locker led a winning 94-yard drive with no timeouts.
Locker converted a third-and-1 with a 5-yard scramble and ran out of bounds at the 32-yard line to stop the clock with 52 seconds left. Locker then connected with Williams on three straight passes for 3, 6 and 7. The last catch in that sequence was reviewed by officials, and replays confirmed that Williams skillfully put his arms under the sinking throw to convert third-and-1.
“We were about to run that play, and then he changed it up at the last second and threw another jump ball. I guess that’s what they called me in for when we’re seeing off coverage like last week, and Jake just gave me a chance,” Hunter said. “I’ve got to keep my eyes on it, just like Coach (Shawn Jefferson) preaches. If I would have dropped it, he would have gotten on me, so I wouldn’t want that to happen. I had it the whole time. The way I had to bring it in was just awkward, so I had to make sure I had it.”
The catch gave Tennessee a commanding 24-6 halftime lead.
The celebration turned solemn early in the third quarter, however, when Locker suffered an injury to his right hip that required him being carted off the field and taken to Saint Thomas Midtown. Teammates shared words of encouragement with Locker before he left the field and said they were hoping and praying the injury wasn’t serious.
“That was sweet. We did the old ‘use the pick by the back judge’ there. We drew it up in practice,” Fitzpatrick joked. “It was a single-high defense. The safety’s really cheating down the last few series that we had and it was just a post route by (Washington) on Cromartie. I threw it up to give him a chance and he made a great play.”