Keys to Victory: Jets at Titans

Keys to Victory: Jets at Titans

Find out what Mark Sanchez and company need to do on Monday Night to secure their third straight victory and remain in postseason contention.

Three Things to Watch:

I. Expect an emotional scene on Monday Night with the game taking a backseat as the nation recalls the tragic events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The New York Jets will wear a special patch honoring the innocent lives that were lost and head coach Rex Ryan will have a special insignia on his headset to recognize the heartbreak felt across the nation.

II. Braylon Edwards is back in Green and White and chomping at the bit to make a splash in front of a national television audience. Mark Sanchez couldn't be happier to have his close friend and top receiving target back in the fold, so expect the passing game to get a boost assuming Edwards is healthy.

III. Gang Green was humiliating during a 49-19 romping on Thanksgiving Night against the New England Patriots. Ryan and company will look to regain respect with a Week 15 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Offensive Keys:

I. Eliminate Turnovers

The Jets have been hamstrung by critical mistakes particularly inside the red zone. While Sanchez was far from perfect last week against Jacksonville, he didn't commit any costly errors and managed the game effectively. With Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller out, Sanchez will need to make smart decisions with the football and take what the defense gives him.

II. Run with a purpose

New York's ground and pound is building steam and packing a solid one-two punch with the backfield combination of Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell. Sanchez is at his best when he's utilizing the play-action fakes and riding on the coattails of a bruising running game. The Titans surrender almost 125 rushing yards per game this season and the Jets should have plenty of opportunities to move the ball effectively.

Defensive Keys:

I. Lockdown Locker

Ryan is a master at flustering young signal-callers, so expect the Jets' head man to go after the Titans second-year quarterback. The Jets will need to be leery of Locker's mobility and keep containment otherwise he can make chunk yardage plays with his feet.

II. Clash of the Titans

Gang Green's run defense is steadily improving but still ranks as the NFL's third-worst unit. Titans' running back Chris Johnson is electric with the football and capable of breaking one for a score on any given carry. The Jets men in the middle will need to play stout and disciplined fundamentals to prevent any game-changing plays in the running game.

X-factor:

Kick returner extraordinaire Joe McKnight could provide a major lift on special teams. With Gang Green's offense sputtering the past few weeks, expect McKnight to make his presence felt in the Music City.

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