The Titans are facing off against the New York Jets to start the season 3-1. Who does the Spot's Titans Panel think needs to shine for the Titans to beat Gang Green?
The Tennessee Titans have a very difficult challenge going into their Week 4 matchup at home against the New York Jets. With a dominant defense and a serviceable offense, the Jets are more than capable of beating the Two-toned Blue. Some Titans will have to shine more than others against in order for this team to defend this house.
First, let's go to the man, Truth Hurts Huffman!
Rob Turner: Jake Locker will play in his first game since he orchestrated a 10-play, 94-yard game-winning touchdown drive against the San Diego Chargers. Will that momentum carryover into the Week 4 matchup? If it does, Rob Turner must play better than he has during the first three games. The Jets have a loaded defensive line with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison. If Rex Ryan sees an opponent's offensive weakness, he'll find it and exploit it. It's crucial that Turner protects Locker and creates opportunities for Chris Johnson.
Now for PFS Journalist Robert Greenlaw and his valuable insight!
Zach Brown, WLB: Brown had a monster game last year against the Jets and although Mark Sanchez isn't starting I expect much of the same. The Jet's primary receiving targets are Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, meaning they don't have a big receiving threat at TE the way that previous opponents, the Texans or Chargers, have had. This will mean less time in dime, and less 3 safety formations equalling more playing time for Zach Brown. Also when he's on the field he won't be covering the TE all the time like he was with Antonio Gates last week. Brown will have plenty of time rushing Geno Smith and putting a lot of pressure on him, hopefully leading to mistakes. If he is in coverage, he could very well pick off Smith and return one to the house. I expect a big game from Brown, against, the run, the pass, and rushing the passer.
And now for my take:
Jurrell Casey: I've gotta go with #99. Geno Smith has thrown six interceptions in three games. That is not good. The Jets are turning the ball over too much, compared to the Titans, who are yet to do so once. Geno's not an interception-thrower; by this I mean, he throws it to everyone. Two to linebackers, three to cornerbacks, and one to a safety; therefore, I can't claim Alterraun Verner, or any other interceptor as my player to watch. I can call the player that forces the rookie to throw those bad passes my player to watch. Casey is so good at disrupting the quarterback. He's also a big boy that will be required to stop the run, as the Jets are very good at moving the ball on the ground. If Casey plays like the elite defensive tackle that we saw in the preseason and in Pittsburgh, then the Titans will have a fantastic evening.
Now, obviously Jake Locker and company will have to perform for the Tennessee Titans to beat the Jets, but if these three guys really show up, this will definitely be a win for the Music City.
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