This was a crucial game for the New York Jets because of remaining in the playoff hunt as well as attempting to create a three game winning streak for the first time in a long time. But with the Tennessee Titans whimpering to Met Life Stadium to try and throw a wrench into the works.
But it was the Jets who had a big game in the first half that put the Titans away early and often as they converted five times out of six possessions either thru a touchdown or a field goal to win 30-8 and going 8-5. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense found a way to carve thru the Titans defense as they started on a 14 play 80yd drive that saw Eric Decker make a 16yd catch inside the end zone for the early lead.
After a couple of field goals from Randy Bullock from 47 yards and 23 yards (also missed one from 53yds) the Jets would go to work again and this time they would find Bilal Powell with a quick slant and slashing through the Titans defense with a 16yd catch and run for his second touchdown of the season.
But the best play of them all when the clock was counting down to halftime was the 69yd catch and run by Brandon Marshall as the Jets were ready to snap the ball, the Titans secondary was not sure where to set up and Ryan Fitzpatrick who has great chemistry with Marshall was able to link up for that play and take advantage of the miscommunication.
That entire first half for the Jets scoring 27 points in six possessions with a whopping 46 plays for a combined 330 yards that also includes the missed field goal with a Buster Skrine interception. A terrific game plan from Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey to rip apart the defense.
Fitzpatrick completed 21 out of 36 passes for 263 yards with 3 touchdown passes and he helped his own cause with a nineteen yard run himself and rushing three times for 23 yards. The three touchdown passes he threw has put him at 25 for the season, he is four short of the record held by Vinny Testeverde who threw for 29 back in the 1998 season when Bill Parcells got the Jets to win the AFC East that year and to the AFC Championship game at Mile High Stadium.
Marcus Mariota had a horrific day behind center and that was helped by a Jets defense that was terrorizing him to no end as he got sacked five times and three of those were by Muhammed Wilkerson who got a season total of 12 so far with three games remaining in the regular season and the others were by Demario Davis and Leonard Williams who is familiar with Mariota being in the PAC 12 conference.
The New York Jets went out on the field to perform a solid game plan that has moved them to an 8-5 record that is still in a tight race with the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers as one is still chasing while the other is remaining at the top of the pack with the Jets, but at the moment it the Steelers that have a better conference record than the Jets and that could be a sticky situation coming towards the end of the season.
But right now the Jets are looking strong and are only worrying about themselves and they should be. Just continue to play strong football and be ready for your own opponents on your own schedule. We shall see what the future holds for this team with three games remaining this season.