Scouting report: Early look at the Titans
December, 13, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Let's take a quick glance at the Jets' next opponent, the Titans (4-9), whom they face on ESPN's Monday Night Football:
1. They're calling this one of the worst seasons in Titans history. They've lost three straight and they're one defeat away from their second 10-loss season in the past three years.
2. This is their first Monday night appearance since Nov. 18, 2010. Embattled coach Mike Munchak is hoping his team will be motivated by the national stage. He needs a big win to help his eroding job security.
3. A sure sign of a poorly-coached team is a lack of preparation. The Titans have been outscored by 66 points in the first quarter, the largest differential in the league.
4. Chris Johnson is the one player with the ability to ruin the Jets' night. He got off to a horrible start, but he's up to 1,037 rushing yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry over the past 10 games. Problem is, the Titans have lost four starting linemen to season-ending injuries.
5. Second-year QB Jake Locker is experiencing serious growing pains. He has seven interceptions and only three TD passes during the three-game losing streak, incurring the wrath of the fans. He does two things well: He can run (9.9 yards per scramble, second-best in the league) and he throws an accurate deep ball. In fact, he has completed a league-high 48.3 percent of his throws of 20+ yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
6. Locker's top weapon is WR Nate Washington, a dangerous vertical threat. He has 12 receptions of 20+ yards, averaging 16.6 yards per catch.
7. The Titans' defense is ranked 27th overall and largely devoid of playmakers. Their top pass rusher is DE Kamieron Wimbley, who leads the team with five sacks.