Monday, 17 December 2012
New York Jets (6-7) @ Tennessee Titans (4-9)
This weeks Monday Night Football isn't a great one for the neutral. Both of these sides have had disappointing seasons and although the Jets can still make the playoffs, I don't think they will.
The Jets have had a mixed year and were hurt early on when Darelle Revis suffered a season ending injury. The defense has done well against the pass but they have really struggled against the run. On offense they have had to rely on the running game. Shonn Greene has led the team in rushing, running for 883 yards and six touchdowns. The passing game has been very poor and Mark Sanchez has had a horrible year. He has completed just 55% of his passes and is averaging just 182 yards per game this season. He has completed twelve touchdown passes and has been intercepted thirteen times. No matter how you look at those numbers, it is not good enough for a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Remarkably, they are still alive in the playoff race and if they win their last three games then they have a chance of a playoff spot. After tonight's game, their remaining schedule sees them host San Diego and then they go on the road to play the Buffalo Bills. All three games are winnable but I just don't see the Jets winning them all and even if they do I expect Pittsburgh or Cincinnati to do enough to finish above them anyway.
The Titans have had a bad year and will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The one shining light in their season has been the form of Chris Johnson. He got off to a slow start but his form has picked up and he has now got over 1000 yards for the fifth season in a row. Johnson is listed as probable tonight and I think his presence will be critical to the outcome of the game. The Jets struggle against the run and if he plays I would expect him to have a big game.
Prediction - Chris Johnson to have a big day and lead the Titans to the victory.