For the first time in their history the New York Jets might start the season 0-4 for three straight years. They started 0-4 in both seasons under Adam Gase and now have a chance to continue the embarrassing trend with Robert Saleh. The Tennessee Titans (2-1) won their last two games and are looking to continue the winning streak at the expense of the Jets, who are dead last in the latest NFL power rankings. If you want to bet on the New York Jets, who are a 6.5-point underdog in this matchup, keep in mind that the Gang Green are 0-3 against the spread this season.
The Jets are 19-24-1 all-time against Tennessee. Last time the teams played in 2018 and the Titans won 26-22. Tennessee's offense led by the league leading RB Derrick Henry (353 rushing yards) is ranked 3rd on the ground and 21st in the air. Their offensive line has allowed 10 sacks (tied for 29th in the league), which is still better than the Jets who have allowed NFL worst 15 sacks in 3 games.
Jets QB Zach Wilson will have to step up his game for the Jets to have any chance in this contest. Wilson is dead last in the league with an absolutely horrible 51.6 QB rating and 55.2% completion percentage. After throwing 2 touchdowns in his impressive NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers, he's gone on a cold streak in the last two games - 0 touchdowns, 6 interceptions. He's also currently on pace to be sacked 85 times this season (way above NFL single season record set by David Carr in 2002 when he was sacked 76 times). The offensive line is only partially to blame here, as Wilson also leads the NFL in sacks that took more than 4.5 seconds from snap to tackle. Wilson and another rookie quarterback, #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, are the only two quarterbacks in the NFL to start multiple games and have a completion percentage under 60%.
Tennessee's QB Ryan Tannehill, who often found a way to beat the Jets when he played for the Dolphins, hasn't exactly been the signal caller we saw in the last two seasons. His QB rating is below 90 (was over 100 in the first two seasons at Tennessee) and he's averaging one interception per game (was below 0.5/game in the last two years). Despite the 0-3 losing record, the Gang Green's defense has been unexpectedly impressive. They are 10th best overall (10th against pass, 14th against run) and 4th best in 3rd down defense (29.7%).
Interesting Jets vs. Titans facts:
- Chad Pennington is the last Jets QB to throw for over 300 yards against the Titans (319 yards in 2006)
- Chris Ivory is the last Jets RB to run for over 100 yards against the Titans (101 yards in 2015)
- Brandon Marshall is the last Jets WR to gain over 100 yards against the Titans (125 yards in 2015)
- Last time the Jets did not allow a single sack was in 2018 against the Buffalo Bills
- Ryan Fitzpatrick was the last Jets quarterback to have a QB rating of 100+ against Tennessee. He threw for 263 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT against the Titans in 2015
- Leon Washington was the last Jet to score multiple touchdowns against the Titans. He scored 2 rushing touchdowns against them in 2008
- Titans RB Derrick Henry has at least 100 rushing yards in 11 of his last 12 regular season road games but he ran for only 40 yards in the only game he ever played against the Jets
- Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has a 5-5 career record against the Gang Green