NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (3-9) travel to face the New York Jets (7-5) this week in their first of two consecutive road games against AFC East foes. Kickoff at MetLife Stadium (capacity 82,500) is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST/noon CST on Sunday, Dec. 13.
The last time the Titans visited the Jets was Week 3 of 2009 in the final year of Giants Stadium’s existence. The Jets won by a final score of 24-17. Since then, the teams have met three times at Nissan Stadium, with the Titans taking the first two games (14-10 in 2012 and 38-13 in 2013) and the Jets most recently winning 16-11 on Dec. 14, 2014.
This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and analyst Rich Gannon will call the action.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
MARIOTA POSTS RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE IN WIN
The Titans hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and won by a final score of 42-39. The Titans scored six touchdowns in the victory, the most the club has recorded in a game at Nissan Stadium, which opened in 1999.
On the ground, Mariota’s day included nine carries for 112 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The run was the longest by any NFL player in 2015, the third-longest by an NFL quarterback since 1960 and the fifth-longest run by any player in franchise annals.
Mariota’s performance was the first in NFL history in which a player passed for at least 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 100 rushing yards in the game. Only three other players—Russell Wilson, Cam Newton (twice) and Mike Vick—have passed for 250 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game. Also, Mariota and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to record three touchdown passes four times during their rookie seasons.
Despite the high-scoring affair with the Jaguars, the Titans defense is still ranked in the top 10 in the NFL. The 336.1 average yards per game allowed by the defense is the league’s eighth-lowest total in the league. Additionally, the Titans have 34 sacks in 2015, which is tied for fifth in the NFL.
JETS IN FIRST YEAR OF NEW ERA
At 7-5, the Jets are in second place in the AFC East and in contention for an AFC playoff spot. After playing Tennessee, they finish the regular season on the road at the Dallas Cowboys, at home against the New England Patriots and at the Buffalo Bills in Week 17.
The Jets are in their first season with a new general manager and a new head coach. Mike Maccagnan was named to the GM post on Jan. 13 after spending the prevoius four years as the director of college scouting for the Houston Texans, and the following day, Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson named Todd Bowles the organization’s new head coach. Bowles, a former NFL defensive back, was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013–2014, earning Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year honors in his second campaign there.
Likewise, former Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also is currently in his first year with the Jets. The 33-year-old is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. In 2013, he started nine games for the Titans and passed for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns. With the Jets, the Harvard alumnus has completed 246 of 409 passes for 2,866 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.