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Jets for Real – Hand Titans Their First Loss of Season 34-13

If you didn’t think the Jets were for real before – the bandwagon still has room. Sunday at LP Field in Tennessee, the Jets did what no other team has been able to do so far in 2008, which is beat the Tennessee Titans.

The amazing part about the win was it wasn’t just a squeaker, it was pure domination. The Jets controlled the game from start to finish, never trailing, and building a 21-point lead at the 11:07 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Jets had a gameplan that they executed with precision. They held the ball for 40 and a half minutes, outgained the Titans 409 to 281, and converted 7-of-13 third downs to just 4-for-11 for the Titans. They made sure that it would be up to Kerry Collins to beat them for the Titans, and Collins for the first time in 08 was not up to the task.

He was just 21-for-39 for 243 yards with a TD, but was off most of the day. The Titans ran the ball for just 45 yards, getting behind early made their running game pretty much a waste of time. The Jets led 7-0 after their first drive, then 10-3 at the half after a 43-yard Rob Bironas field goal for Tennessee in the final minute.

Not to be denied, the Jets controlled the third quarter, outscoring the Titans 10-0 to go up 20-3. They got a short Jay Feely field goal, then Brett Favre hit Laveranues Coles for a 2-yard score at the 3:02 mark to give them the 17-point lead. The Jets had two drives in the quarter, going 13 plays and 8 plays, putting up 111 yards and keeping control of the contest.

Leon Washington put the game away at the 11:07 mark of the fourth quarter, as he went right and broke off a 61-yard score that made it 27-6 after the Titans had kicked a field goal. Tennessee was roughed up for 192 yards rushing for the Jets, that coming on 39 carries, an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

All in all, it’s a statement win for the Jets, and one that could very well now at 8-3 could carry them to the 2nd seed of the playoffs. with five weeks left, the Jets are playing their best football of the season, and that is exactly what they should be doing at this time of the year.

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