- Kevin Lidlow
Jets hope to get one back in the win column against the Titans
The struggling New York Jets will be looking to snap their five game losing streak against a Tennessee Titans team that is facing a must win situation in order to stay alive in the playoff race. The Titans (5-6) are coming off a bad lose to their division rival Houston Texans on Monday night and are looking to bounce back, especially since they are sitting at the bottom of the logjam of AFC teams that are either 5-6 or 6-5. The margin for error is very thin if your the Titans who are trying to get in the post season, and needless to say it can be done because they have one of the weakest schedules in the NFL including this Sunday's matchup against the Jets who are coming off a 27-13 loss against their division rival New England Patriots. With the Jets being eliminated from playoff contention for an eighth straight year will probably be looking to just win a couple of games and see what they have as they are trying to develop their young guys.
There is a possibility that the Jets could possibly get rookie Sam Darnold who has been nursing a foot injury for the passed four weeks this week after being limited at practice all throughout the week. Just in case if he can't, Josh McCown who has also been limited could be getting his third start this season. Darnold has been trying to lobby his way back into the lineup but if I were the Jets, I wouldn't rush him back in unless he is completely 100% healthy.
Since putting up 42 points against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jets are only averaging 11.2 points per game with one touchdown or fewer since Darnold and rookie tight end Chris Herndon connected in the endzone against the Minnesota Vikings (profootball reference). Quincy Enunwa mentioned in a interview this week that it has been frustrating and it has been for not only the players but for the fans as well. The lack of creativity on offense and payers trying to do too much has been one of the major problems for this team offensively and because of that it has forced the defense to be another problem as well. But it is unclear if the struggles is indicative of just the players trying to do too much or if the coaches are really that bad.
The Titans have been facing problems themselves after back to back losses to the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans where the defense broke down and were outscored in both games by a collective 72-27. They have probably lost their chances of a division title so they are in desperate need to win out if they want any chance to making it back to the postseason.