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JETS 34 - TITANS 13
By Rich Forestano
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
November 23rd, 2008
Jets QB Brett Favre throws downfield during the Jets 34-13 win against the Titans in Tennessee.
Jets QB Brett Favre throws downfield during the Jets 34-13 win against the Titans in Tennessee.

Perfect? Not anymore; at least for Tennessee. The Jets on the other hand were all of it and then some during their 34-13 victory at LP Field today. Gang Green snapped the Titans 13-game winning streak dating back to last season and for the first time in franchise history beat a team with a record of 8-0 or better. If anything could come out of this win that's obvious, this team is the real deal and can make a serious dent in the AFC playoff picture come December.

QB Brett Favre started off the day completing six consecutive passes on the opening drive, most notably his ten yard screen pass to RB Thomas Jones which Jones zipped through two Tennessee defenders being blocked by C Nick Mangold and LG Alan Faneca for a touchdown. He completed his first nine passes before throwing an incompletion on the second drive of the game with 4:30 left to play in the first quarter. Favre (25-for-32 225 Yds 2 TD INT) was picture perfect minus DB Cortland Finnegan’s interception down the left sideline in the second quarter. Favre has now won a game in 32 NFL stadiums, passing former QB Dan Marino (31).

The Jets have scored on an opening drive for the sixth straight game. The Titans defense looked stymied most of the afternoon dealing with Jones and RB Leon Washington. The two combined for 193 yards on the ground with three touchdowns (one receiving). With 11:18 to go in the game, Washington made like “The Flash” and took an off tackle to the house for a 61-yard touchdown leaving S Chris Hope in the dust.

QB Kerry Collins struggled at the start of the game going 2-for-8 15 Yds, but found a few holes as the game progressed. His best throw of the day came in the fourth quarter on a screen to TE Bo Scaife (3 rec. 40 Yds) for 15 yards. That drive ended in a 49-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.

The Jets nearly doubled the Titans in total yards while dominating the time of possession with 40:30. They took it to one of the best team in football today, mostly in the trenches. The run defense of Gang Green shutdown the tandem of Chris Johnson and LenDale White, allotting the duo only 46 rushing yards.

On the Titans first drive of the third quarter, S Abram Elam stripped the ball away from Johnson where the fumble was recovered by OLB Bryan Thomas. Following the turnover, with 3:02 left in the third, Favre dropped back, looked left, rolled right and slung a two-yard touchdown pass to WR Laveranues Coles, his sixth of the season. Coles led

Grading Gang Green

Offense:A

The Jets needed to have a balance on the offensive side of the ball to have a chance at beating the Titans today. With forty minutes of possession left on the field plus a steady mix of the run and pass for the entire game, Favre and Co. took it to one of the top teams in the NFL. TE Dustin Keller seems to get more involved as the season progresses and the running game itself is a force to be reckon with when Jones or Washington shoot through blocking gaps. Putting 34 points on the board against the best passing defense in the league is a testament to what this unit can do.

Defense:A

Gang Green’s run defense had its toughest test today in containing RB’s Chris Johnson and LenDale White. Well, Johnson only had 46 yards on the ground and White recorded -1. NT Kris Jenkins was constantly in the backfield today and S Abram Elam got in on the fun when he stripped Johnson of the football in the third quarter which led to the Coles score. The passing defense of the Jets showcased a physical in-your-face-type swagger today, holding Tennessee’s offense to one offensive touchdown.

Gang Green Player of the Game: RB Leon Washington

INSIDER TIDBITS

Long Drives

The Jets have 26 offensive drives of five minutes or more this season (Most in NFL).

Good defense leads to points

The Jets have scored 79 points off takeaways this year (2nd in NFL).

Leon does it all

RB Leon Washington became one of three players this season to score a rushing, passing and kick return touchdown. The other two are RB J.J. Arrington and WR Joshua Cribbs. He also recorded the longest offensive play that the Titans have given up all year during his 61-yard touchdown run. Washington tied former Jet RB LaMont Jordan for the longes run in Jets history.

Team Firsts

The Jets are 8-3 for the first time since 2004. They’ve won win their fifth game in a row for the first time since the start of the 2004 season seven-of-eight games for the first time since the end of the 1998 season.

Heck of a Day for Coles

On his fourth reception of the day, a 25-yarder from Favre in the second quarter, WR Laveranues Coles moved past Jets greats Wesley Walker and Mickey Shuler for fourth place on the all-time Jets receiving list. Walker and Shuler both recorded 438 receptions in Jets uniforms. Today he passed Keith Byars for 45th all-time in receptions.