Jets Fly Into Tennessee Hoping To Stay In Playoff Race

By: Willie Bee | Friday, December 14, 2012

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
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12/17/2012 at 8:40 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Titans -1, O/U 42½
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Television: ESPN

New York Jets: Coach Rex Ryan and the Jets (6-7 straight up, 6-6-1 against the spread) are still clinging to faint playoff hopes as they make their way to Nashville for this Monday Night Football matchup. New York has won two straight along with three of four despite an offense that continues to struggle to move the ball and score points. The Jets rank 30th in the NFL in total offense (305.9 yards per game) and 26th in scoring (18.8 points per game), but they have been able to rely on a defense that held the past two opponents, Arizona and Jacksonville, to a combined 428 yards and 16 points. A receiving corps depleted by injuries forced the Jets to re-sign Braylon Edwards, most recently with the Seahawks. Edwards is expected to play this Sunday. New York is 3-3 on the road this season after last week's victory in Jacksonville, going 3-2-1 against the spread. The totals are split 3-3 in the contests.

Tennessee Titans: While offense has been a big problem for the Jets, poor defense has plagued the Titans (4-9 SU, 4-9 ATS). Tennessee has dropped its last three games and five of the past six, also falling vs. the line in each defeat. The Titans are 27th among NFL teams in total defense, with opponents churning out over 377 yards per game, and next-to-last allowing close to 30 points a contest. Running back Chris Johnson went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week to rank ninth in the league, but it has been an inconsistent path to the season total. Johnson was held out of some practices this week due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to suit up and start on Monday (click for updated NFL injury report). This series dates back to the early days of the AFL when the Titans called Houston home, and the Jets have a slight 14-13-1 lead. New York has won five of the six meetings since the Titans relocated, covering the last five matchups.

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