Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 12:40:00 AM with No comments
The New York Jets held the Tennessee Titans to 223 yards of total offense as Todd Bowles and company put on a defensive clinic on Friday night. TItans starter Marcus Mariota completed 2 of his 3 pass attempts for 15 yards as Gang Green's first team defense set the tone for the remainder of the defensive slug-fest. The Jets tallied eight sacks on the night including seven alone on back-up Alex Tanney who also tossed an interception to produce a paltry 41.0 QB rating.
New York didn't exactly put on an offensive showcase aside from starter Josh McCown looking sharp during the opening drive as he marched the Jets downfield for their only score of the game by connecting with WR Charone Peake for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Robbie Anderson led the way for New York on the receiving end amassing 71 yards on 3 receptions with a long catch of 53 yards. New York's ground game was virtually non-existent with RB Jordan Todman producing 20 yards on 8 carries, while RB Romar Morris also led the way in rushing with 20 yards on 12 touches.
Between backups Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, the former Penn State Nittany Lion standout had a more productive night completing 18 of 25 attempts, but did cough up a fumble in the contest. Petty's time was limited, but he didn't show much to impress the coaching staff and solidify his place on the depth chart.
The Jets defense had a few blown assignments most notably surrendering a 40-yard scamper to Titans RB Akeem Judd, but the upstart unit was flying around the field and looked much better prepared and cohesive than last year's unit did in its preseason opener.
Gang Green will travel to Detroit next Saturday night to take on the Lions at Ford Field with kickoff slated for 7:30PM E.T.