The Tennessee Titans (3-9) travel to face the New York Jets (7-5) this week in their first of two consecutive road games against AFC East foes. Kickoff at MetLife Stadium (capacity 82,500) is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST/noon CST on Sunday, Dec. 13.
This will be the first time the Titans play the Jets at MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010. They have won at the venue, however, defeating the New York Giants there on Sept. 26, 2010.
The last time the Titans visited the Jets was Week 3 of 2009 in the final year of Giants Stadium’s existence. The Jets won by a final score of 24-17. Since then, the teams have met three times at Nissan Stadium, with the Titans taking the first two games (14-10 in 2012 and 38-13 in 2013) and the Jets most recently winning 16-11 on Dec. 14, 2014.
MARIOTA POSTS RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE IN WIN The Titans hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and won by a final score of 42-39. The Titans scored six touchdowns in the victory, the most the club has recorded in a game at Nissan Stadium, which opened in 1999.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed three touchdown passes and rushed for another score in the win. Through the air, he was 20-of-29 for 268 yards, and his 118.2 passer rating gave him three games as a rookie with a passer rating over 100.
On the ground, Mariota’s day included nine carries for 112 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The run was the longest by any NFL player in 2015, the third-longest by an NFL quarterback since 1960 and the fifth-longest run by any player in franchise annals.
Mariota’s performance was the first in NFL history in which a player passed for at least 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 100 rushing yards in the game. Only three other players—Russell Wilson, Cam Newton (twice) and Mike Vick—have passed for 250 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game. Also, Mariota and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to record three touchdown passes four times during their rookie seasons.
Despite the high-scoring affair with the Jaguars, the Titans defense is still ranked in the top 10 in the NFL. The 336.1 average yards per game allowed by the defense is the league’s eighth-lowest total in the league. Additionally, the Titans have 34 sacks in 2015, which is tied for fifth in the NFL.
:JETS IN FIRST YEAR OF NEW ERA: Against the Titans, the Jets will be playing at MetLife Stadium for the third consecutive week. After defeating the Miami Dolphins at home on Nov. 29, they were the “visitors” in last week’s game versus the Giants. The Jets came back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to prevail in overtime by a final score of 23-20. At 7-5, the Jets are in second place in the AFC East and in contention for an AFC playoff spot. After playing Tennessee, they finish the regular season on the road at the Dallas Cowboys, at home against the New England Patriots and at the Buffalo Bills in Week 17.
The Jets are in their first season with a new general manager and a new head coach. Mike Maccagnan was named to the GM post on Jan. 13 after spending the prevoius four years as the director of college scouting for the Houston Texans, and the following day, Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson named Todd Bowles the organization’s new head coach. Bowles, a former NFL defensive back, was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013–2014, earning Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year honors in his second campaign there.
Likewise, former Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also is currently in his first year with the Jets. The 33-year-old is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. In 2013, he started nine games for the Titans and passed for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns. With the Jets, the Harvard alumnus has completed 246 of 409 passes for 2,866 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
TITANS-JETS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Overall series (regular & postseason): Titans lead 24-18-1
Regular season series: Titans lead 23-18-1
Postseason series: Titans lead 1-0
Total points: Titans 1,014, Jets 892
Current streak: One wins by Jets
Titans at home vs. Jets: 18-7 (including 1-0 in playoffs)
Titans on road vs. Jets: 6-11-1
Longest winning streak by Titans: 6 (twice, last 1991-96)
Longest losing streak by Titans: 4 (1968-69)
Titans vs. Jets at Nissan Stadium: 3-3
Last time at Nissan Stadium: JETS 16 at Titans 11 (12-14-14)
Titans vs. Jets at MetLife Stadium: 0-0
Last time at MetLife Stadium: (none)
Last time at the Meadowlands: Titans 17 at JETS 24 (9-27-09)
First time: N.Y. Titans 21 at HOUSTON OILERS 27 (10-9-60)
Mike Mularkey’s record vs. Jets: 2-3
Todd Bowles’ record vs. Titans: 0-0
Mike Mularkey’s record vs. Todd Bowles: 0-0
A TITANS VICTORY WOULD
Give the Titans their first win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Improve the Titans’ all-time record against the Jets to 25-18-1 (including 1-0 in postseason).
Improve Marcus Mariota’s starting record to 4-7.
Improve Mike Mularkey’s career record as a head coach to 18-35.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
QB Marcus Mariota needs four touchdown passes to become the third player in franchise history to pass for four touchdowns at least three times in a season, joining George Blanda (1960, 1961) and Warren Moon (1990).
QB Marcus Mariota can become the first rookie in NFL history to complete three or more touchdown passes in five different games.
QB Marcus Mariota could record the third 300-yard passing game of his career.
TE Delanie Walker (67 receptions in 2015) needs four receptions to break Frank Wycheck’s franchise tight end record of 70 receptions in a season (1998 and 2000).
TE Delanie Walker (800 receiving yards in 2015) needs 91 receiving yards to set a new career high and break his own franchise tight end record of 891 receiving yards in 2014.
TE Delanie Walker (190 receptions with the Titans) needs 10 catches to pass Alvin Reed (199) for third on the franchise’s alltime receptions list among tight ends and become the third tight end in franchise history to reach 200 receptions (Frank Wycheck and Bo Scaife).
LB Avery Williamson (96 tackles) needs four tackles to become the first player for the team in the “Titans era” (1999–present) to begin his career with consecutive 100-tackle seasons.
WR Kendall Wright (248 career receptions for 2,810 yards) needs two receptions to reach 250 for his career. He needs four receptions to pass Bo Scaife (251) for 13th place on the team’s all-time receptions list and needs nine yards to pass Alvin Reed (2,818) for 15th place on the team’s all-time receiving yards list.
TITANS VS. JETS HISTORY\
This is the 44th all-time meeting between the Titans and Jets in 56 seasons. The Titans are 24-18-1 in the series, including 1-0 in the playoffs. This is the seventh time in the last nine seasons the teams have played but the first-ever matchup between the clubs at MetLife Stadium.
The last time the team’s met on Jets home turf was at the Meadowlands on Sept. 27, 2009. The Titans came back from an early 14-point deficit to take a 17-14 lead in the third quarter. However, four turnovers, including two interceptions and two fumbles on special teams, were too untimely to overcome, and the Jets prevailed 24-17.
The Titans then won two consecutive times over the Jets, including a Monday night game on Dec. 17, 2012. The Titans forced five total Jets turnovers—four interceptions and one fumble—and Chris Johnson set a franchise record with a 94-yard touchdown run in the 14-10 victory.
Then, on Oct. 6, 2013, the Titans hosted the Jets and won 38-13. They scored 28 points off turnovers and totaled five sacks. On offense, Jake Locker passed for 149 and three touchdowns prior to leaving the game with hip and knee injuries.
The Jets took the most recent meeting on Dec. 14, 2014 by a final score of 16-11. In front of their home crowd, the Titans had a fourth-quarter lead, but a one-yard rushing touchdown by Chris Ivory put the Jets on top with three minutes remaining on the clock. A frantic, last-second charge by the Titans ended on New York’s nine-yard line as time expired. The Jets, like the then-Houston Oilers, were charter members of the American Football League. From the league’s founding in 1960 through the 1962 season, they played as the New York Titans before being renamed the Jets for the 1963 season. With the exception of 1967, the Jets and Oilers played twice each season from 1960-69, and the Oilers won the first six meetings in the series.
In 1991, the Oilers began a string of six consecutive victories against the Jets, including a 17-10 victory in a 1991 AFC Wild Card Game.
1 Player in NFL history—Marcus Mariota—who has recorded a game with 250 passing yards, three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards.
336.1 Average net yards per game by Titans opponents, the eighthlowest opponent total in the NFL in 2015.
6 Touchdowns by the Titans last week against Jacksonville, the highest total ever scored by the team at Nissan Stadium (opened in 1999).
8.5 Percent of opponent passing plays resulting in sacks by the Titans defense, which ranks second in the NFL (Denver).
10 Number of different Titans players who have caught touchdown passes this season. In franchise history, there has been only one other season—1961—in which 10 different players caught at least one touchdown pass.
4 Games during his rookie season in which Marcus Mariota has completed at least three touchdown passes. He is the second rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat, along with Peyton Manning (1998).
87 Yards on Marcus Mariota’s rushing touchdown last week against the Jaguars, giving him the fifth-longest run in team history, the longest run by any player in 2015 and the third-longest run since 1960 by an NFL quarterback.
40.9 Percent of Titans who played against the Jaguars last week (18 of 44) who are rookies, first-year or second-year players.
4 More receptions needed by Delanie Walker to break Frank Wycheck’s franchise tight end record of 70 receptions in a season (1998 and 2000).
5 Drives by the Titans last week against Jacksonville that went at least 75 yards, the first time the team has accomplished the feat since the beginning of the 1999 season.
884 Career tackles by safety Michael Griffin, who last week moved past Al Smith (877) for fifth place on the franchise tackles chart.
3 Consecutive seasons by Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey with at least five sacks, including six sacks in 2015.
12 Rookies who have played for the Titans during their first 12 games: Marcus Mariota, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jeremiah Poutasi, Andy Gallik, Jalston Fowler, Angelo Blackson, Deiontrez Mount, Cody Riggs, Quinton Spain, Tre McBride, David Cobb and Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil. All nine of the team’s draft picks in 2015 have played.
Referee: Jerome Boger
Umpire: Rich Hall
Head Linesman: John McGrath
Line Judge: Carl Johnson
Field Judge: David Meslow
Side Judge: Walt Coleman IV
Back Judge: Tony Steratore
Replay Official: Carl Madsen
CBS Nashville Affiliate: WTVF News Channel 5
DirecTV Sunday Ticket: Ch. 714
Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan
Analyst: Rich Gannon
Titans Radio Network Flagship: WGFX 104.5 FM-The Zone
Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 108
Play-by-Play: Mike Keith
Analyst: Frank Wycheck
Gameday Host: Rhett Bryan
Sideline Reporter: Jonathan Hutton