Jets vs Titans NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 1-2 Whisenhunt: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 30-24 (OT) at Vikings L 36-7 vs. Giants
LAST GAME 9/29/13: Jets 13 at Titans 38. Tennessee WR Nate Washington catches 4 passes for 105 yards & 2 TDs, including 77-yarder. Titans CB Alterraun Verner records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (3:05 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (NYJ), 93 (Ten.). XM: 225 (Ten.).


  1. Smith: 166-287-1778-8-12-68.0
Locker: 80-135-936-5-7-71.1
RUSHING Ivory: 162-714-4.4-5 Sankey (R): 131-499-3.8-2
RECEIVING Decker: 55-620-11.3-4 Wright: 51-633-12.4-5
OFFENSE 319.1 305.2
TAKE/GIVE -12 -8
DEFENSE 328.8 386.5
  1. Richardson: 6.5
Casey: 5
INTs Walls, Jarrett: 2 McCourty: 3
PUNTING Quigley: 45.4 Kern: 46.2
KICKING Folk: 92 (17/17 PAT; 25/29 FG) Succop: 64 (25/25 PAT; 13/16 FG)


JETS: In only career meeting, QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 34 passes (67.6 pct.) for 289 yards with 1 TD. Since entering NFL in 2013, tied for 1st among AFC QBs in rush TDs (7)…RB CHRIS JOHNSON spent 6 seasons with Titans & ranks 3rd in franchise history in rush yards (7,965) & rush TDs (50). Since entering NFL in 2008, ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,523 rush yards. RB CHRIS IVORY leads team with 714 rushing yards & needs 120 to surpass career-high 833 in 2013…WR PERCY HARVIN is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 20+ rec. TDs (21) & 5+ rush TDs (5). Led team with 124 rec. yards on 6 catches, incl. 35-yard TD, last week. In only career meeting (10/7/12 with Min.), had 8 catches for 108 yards & TD. WR ERIC DECKER posted season-high 89 rec. yards vs. Vikings. JACE AMARO (Rd. 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (34) & rec. yards (291). TE JEFF CUMBERLAND had 34-yard TD catch in last meeting…DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had career-high 3 sacks & safety last week. LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 99 tackles. Since 2007, Harris is 1 of 4 NFL players with 25+ sacks (27.5) & 6+ INTs (6). LB CALVIN PACE has 3 sacks in 3 career meetings & aims for 4th in row with sack vs. Ten…TITANS: In last meeting, QB JAKE LOCKER completed 18 of 24 passes (75.0 pct.) for 149 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 130.0 rating…Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) has 50+ total yards in 6 of past 8. Ranks 4th among AFC rookies in rush yards (499). RB SHONN GREENE has 3,938 career rush yards & needs 62 to reach 4,000 career…Last week, WR DEREK HAGAN led team in catches (6) & rec. yards (62). In last meeting, WR NATE WASHINGTON had 4 catches for 105 yards (26.3 avg.) & 2 TDs, incl. 77-yarder. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 at home. WR JUSTIN HUNTER (498) needs 2 rec. yards to reach 500 for 1st time in career. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (700) & has 48 catches with 4 TDs…Last week, rookie CB MARQUESTON HUFF (Round 4, No. 122 overall) scored 23-yard TD on 1st career INT. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 94 tackles. DT JURRELL CASEY had sack in last meeting.

Jets at Titans Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday S Antonio Allen (hand), WR Percy Harvin (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
Wednesday TE Jace Amaro (concussion), K Nick Folk (right hip), LB Trevor Reilly (concussion)
Wednesday G Willie Colon (knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee)
Practice Report
Wednesday S Michael Griffin (back), QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder), T Michael Oher (toe), S Daimion Stafford (concussion), T Byron Stingily (ankle), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)
Wednesday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), WR Kendall Wright (hand)

Titans Blown Out By Giants in 36-7 Trouncing

The Titans awful season continued with another awful loss Sunday at home, this time to the New York Giants, who broke a 7-game losing streak with a 36-7 beating in Nashville.

Tennessee is now 2-11 on the season.

The loss was cemented by losing rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, who will probably miss the rest of the season after his worst day as a pro.

He was just 14-of-24 passing for 125 yards, was intercepted once and fumbled twice, and in three quarters didn’t get the Titans to a score. He left with a shoulder injury.

“He really didn’t have much of an opportunity to have any kind of day today,” wide receiver Nate Washington said.

“His day was avoiding pressure. I don’t want to point a finger anywhere. But it’s tough to judge and gauge his day when the majority of it was based around avoiding other defenders.”

The Titans lost its seventh straight and for the 11th time in 12 games with a performance that had fans booing and even a handful wearing paper bags over their heads.

This is the franchise’s longest slide since losing 11 straight in 1994 as the then-Houston Oilers.

“Obviously, it was a tough day today,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s not fun, but we’re working. The only thing is our guys, they’re trying, they’re working hard, and we’ll keep working and come out of it.”

Giants QB Eli Manning had a big day against the Titans D, as he threw for 260 yards and a touchdown.

Two rookies put up big numbers for the Giants – Odell Beckham Jr. set a team rookie record with his fourth game with 100 yards receiving this season: 11 catches for 130 yards and a TD. Andre Williams ran for a season-high 131 yards, including a 50-yard TD.

For the Titans, the patchwork effect on offense showed. The Titans had only four players that started the season at their positions with left tackle Taylor Lewan and right tackle Michael Oher missing their second straight starts because of injuries.

When right tackle Byron Stingily went down, Tennessee finished with a tackle signed Tuesday.

The Titans’ only points came when Marqueston Huff returned an interception 23 yards for a TD. The Titans couldn’t even run out the final seconds of the first half properly, drawing a penalty for an illegal snap that prompted boos from fans still paying attention.

Giants vs Titans NFL Week 14 Inactives

Giants: LB Mark Herzlich, LB Jacquian Williams, OL James Brewer, CB Jayron Hosley, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, G Eric Herman.

Titans: WR Kendall Wright, RB Shonn Greene, DB Jemea Thomas, RT Michael Oher, LT Taylor Lewan, DL DaQuan Jones, OLB Kamerion Wimbley.

Titans President Says Roster Will Be ‘A Lot Different’ in 2015

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith is upset and embarrassed that his team is 2-10, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Smith is confident coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster are the right men to haul the franchise out of a terrible rut. What needs to change, according to Smith, is a roster that lacks quality depth — something that was exposed as injuries mounted in recent weeks.

“The roster is going to look a lot different next year,” Smith said Wednesday. “Players need to be playing to the best of their abilities right now, and that will determine their future. There may be some players whose contracts might be up, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be here. There may be some players with multiyear contracts, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be here.

“I can assure you this: I am committed to making this thing right. And we are going to build a team that this town and the fans can be proud of. I am going to build an organization and a team that is going to be known for winning, not losing. People will say, ‘How can you say that with a 2-10 team?’ I know there is a lot of work to do. It’s taking longer than I hoped. But this thing is going to get fixed.”

“I am terribly disappointed for the fans. I know they’re not happy, and I am right there with them. I am disappointed, I am angry. I want to win, and I want to win now,” Smith said. “I want the fans to know I appreciate their support, and I know in these economic times money comes dearly and they have other options. But I am committed to getting this right for them, and sooner rather than later. …

“We understand the problems, we regret it. The reality is this is where we are right now. But trust me, we all want to carry the trophy and we are going to get there.”

Giants vs Titans Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday T James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), RB Rashad Jennings (ankle)
Thursday T James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion, shoulder)
Wednesday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, shoulder), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion, shoulder)
Thursday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), WR Preston Parker (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, shoulder)
Wednesday T Justin Pugh (quadricep)
Thursday T Justin Pugh (quadricep)
Practice Report
Wednesday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), T Michael Oher (toe), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)
Thursday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
Wednesday QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder), G Chance Warmack (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)
Thursday QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder), T Michael Oher (toe), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)
Wednesday CB Marqueston Huff (hamstring)
Thursday CB Marqueston Huff (hamstring), G Chance Warmack (ankle)

Giants vs Titans NFL Week 14 Capsule



SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5
STREAKS   Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 7-12 Whisenhunt: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 25-24 at Jaguars L 45-21 at Texans
LAST GAME 9/26/10: Titans 29 at Giants 10. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 125 yards & 2 TDs. Titans WR Kenny Britt adds 13-yard TD catch in 3rd quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/26/06: Titans 24, Giants 21. Tennessee rookie QB Vince Young leads comeback from 21-0 deficit, passing for 249 yards & 2 TDs & rushing for 69 yards & TD. CB Adam Jones has 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 119 (Ten.). XM: 229 (Ten.).


  1. Manning: 277-440-3080-22-12-89.0
Mettenberger (R): 93-155-1287-8-6-87.8
RUSHING Jennings: 154-598-3.9-4 Sankey (R): 122-474-3.9-2
RECEIVING Randle: 56-609-10.9-2 Wright: 51-633-12.4-5
OFFENSE 347.3 313.4
DEFENSE 385.0 385.3
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 5 Casey: 5
INTs Rolle, Demps: 3 McCourty: 3
PUNTING Weatherford: 45.7 Kern: 46.1
  1. Brown: 65 (32/32 PAT; 11/12 FG)
Succop: 63 (24/24 PAT; 13/15 FG)


GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 386 yards in last meeting. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 100 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating & has 107.1 rating in past 2…RB RASHAD JENNINGS aims for 4th in row vs. Ten. with 100+ scrimmage yards or TD. Rushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs last week. Rookie RB ANDRE WILLIAMS leads NFC rookies with 5 rush TDs…Rookie WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. led NFL with 593 yards in Nov. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 90+ rec. yards in 5 games in calendar month. Aims for 7th in row with 90+ rec. yards or rec. TD. TE LARRY DONNELL ranks 2nd among NFC TEs with 6 TDs & TE DANIEL FELLS ties for 5th with 4. WR RUEBEN RANDLE leads team with career-high 56 catches…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 10.5 sacks in past 15 vs. AFC, incl. 1.5 last week. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD had 1st 2 career sacks last week. DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had sack in last meeting. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had sack last week & has career-best 4.5 sacks…TITANS: In 5 career starts, rookie QB ZACH METTENBERGER (Rd. 6, No. 178 overall) has 1,270 passing yards & 8 TDs for 91.8 rating. Aims for 6th in row with TD pass…Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) had 113 total yards last week (42 rush, 71 KR). Has 50+ total yards in 6 of past 7. Ranks 4th among AFC rookies in rush yards (474). RB SHONN GREENE has 3,938 career rush yards & needs 62 to reach 4,000 career…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team with season-high 132 yards on 7 catches (18.9 avg.) & TD last week. Last week, WR NATE WASHINGTON had 5 catches for 61 yards, incl. 25-yard TD, & reached 400 career receptions. WR JUSTIN HUNTER (498) needs 2 rec. yards to reach 500 for 1st time in career. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (673) & has 44 catches with 4 TDs…In past 6 vs. NFC, DT JURRELL CASEY has 7.5 sacks & FF. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 84 tackles. Had 12 tackles & FF in only career meeting. CB JASON MC COURTY had FF & FR last week vs. Hou.

Titans Place WR Justin Hunter On IR With Lacerated Spleen

The Titans put second-year wide receiver Justin Hunter on injured reserve Tuesday due to a lacerated spleen according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.

It is a disappointing end for what has to be considered a disappointing season for a talented wideout many were expecting great things from in 2014.

Instead, Hunter was one of the league’s least-efficient receivers this season, averaging just 1.32 yards per route run. Hunter caught more than three passes in only 2-of-12 games, and astonishingly failed to log a single five-catch effort.

Hunter has all the ability in the world, but has thus far been able to match it with the proper football smarts. Issues at play-caller and quarterback have not helped. Still only 23, Hunter still has a chance to make a splash in the NFL but to date he has not inspired confidence in any predictions that 2015 will be his breakout year.