Ugly, and a loss.
That was the way Mike Tirico described the final Jets possession in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. After another comedy of errors by Mark Sanchez including four interceptions, the Jets have fallen out of playoff contention and will finish with a losing record for the first time in the Rex Ryan era.
The Jets fell behind early when Chris Johnson broke for a 96-yard touchdown run, the longest in the NFL since 2007. Johnson, who wrote the names of the 26 victims of the Newtown tragedy on his shoes, dedicated his performance to the victims and their families. The star back finished the day with 122 rushing yards and one score.
The only touchdown of the day came on a Sanchez pass to Jeff Cumberland for a 17-yard touchdown well into the third quarter. Cumberland was the leading receiver for the Jets, reeling in four receptions for 53 yards. The Titans promptly responded with a touchdown of their own on the ensuing drive after Jake Locker rushed for a 12-yard score of his own.
Ryan removed Sanchez for a series in favor of second string quarterback Tim Tebow. After a first down run, Tebow went three-and-out including one sack. Ryan has decided to go with Greg McElroy to start next week, prompting speculation about Sanchez's future with the team.
GWR brings the Greats and Goats of Week 15.
Jeff Cumberland, WR
Cumberland finished the day as the Jets leading receiver with four catches for 53 yards and one score. His touchdown came after a beautiful catch over a Titan corner that allowed him to capitalize on blown coverage.
- The defense gave the Jets every opportunity to win this past Monday. They continue to get better every week and show why Ryan is still a great defensive mind. They held the Titans to just 2 for 15 on third down conversions while also holding Jake Locker to just 127 yards net passing.
Mark Sanchez, QB
- In what is becoming a staple of Greats and Goats, Sanchez once again trumps the list for horrendous playing. He finished the day with less than 50% completions and five total turnovers. After the game, Sanchez commented about how he needs to play better. A four-year veteran, one can only wonder just when Sanchez will start to live up to his promises about doing so.
Jeremy Kerley, WR
- The leading receiver for the Jets was a non-factor last Monday. He only recorded one catch for 11 yards and failed to give the downfield threat that he usually provides for the anemic offense.