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Just The Sports: Jets vs. Titans Game Recap

Just The Sports

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Jets vs. Titans Game Recap

Had Mike Nugent made the PAT he missed and at least one of the two field goals he also missed, the score would not have been as close as it was and perhaps the Titans would not have felt they still had a chance to win the game, but Nugent did not and his foibles did make for a very exciting final quarter, one that exposed what had been the difference between the two teams the whole game through.

Each team's rushing totals were basically the same, but what separated the Jets from the Titans were the performances from their quarterbacks and wide receivers in the passing game with the Jets clearly winning that battle. Overall, Chad Pennington averaged 8.6 net yards per pass play (including sack yardage and incompletions) while the Titans quarterbacks managed only 5.5 net yards per pass play. Take Vince Young's 3-for-4 27 yard effort out of the equation and Kerry Collins alone managed 5.4 net yards per pass play.

Pennington's high average per pass play speaks to just how efficient he was during the game, able to keep the chains moving on enough drives to lead the Jets to victory. Of the 33 times he got a pass off, 21 of his completions gained a successful amount of yardage. A lot of Pennington's success had to do with how accurate of a quarterback he is, but some of it can be attributed to the inability of Titans' defensive backs to stop the Jets' wide receivers. They will need to improve if they want to have any success this season.

Pac-Man Jones, especially in the first half, found himself failing to defend the Jets' receivers who were receiving throws from Chad Pennington. Whether it was Jerricho Cotchery or Laveranues Coles as the intended target, it really did not matter because Jones kept biting on each play fake he saw. Even Brad Smith, former University of Missouri quarterback, grabbed a reception one-handed after Pac-Man started to the line and too late realized Pennington was going to pass. In the second half, Reynaldo Hill was targeted and found himself no more able to stop completions than Jones. It was this that doomed the Titans to a loss.

On the other hand, there was Kerry Collins who only had 14 successful plays out of 38 passing attempts. When he did complete passes they went for an average of 13.1 yards, but he and the wide receivers did not connect consistently enough for that to matter much. In Kerry Collins' defense, some of his passes were dropped and one was bobbled into an interception so it was not entirely his fault, but that is the kind of quarterback Collins is. He will never have a high completion percentage, he is turnover-prone, and he is not the future of the Tennessee Titans.


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