Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker was well on his way to a career
afternoon before leaving the game with a right hip injury.
Locker had completed 18-for-24 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns
before taking a hit from Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson early
in the third quarter. Locker was carted off with his Tennessee Titans holding
an 18-point lead, and they held on to defeat the Jets, 38-13.
Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback and completed 3-for-8 throws for 108
yards, 77 of which came on a touchdown pass to Nate Washington.
Washington hauled in four passes for 105 yards and two scores as Tennessee
(3-1) won its second straight game.
New York (2-2) rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw for 289 yards and a
touchdown, but lost a pair of fumbles and was picked off twice. The Titans
turned four Jets' turnovers into 28 points.
Smith's afternoon got off to a rough start when Alterraun Verner picked off
the rookie's first pass from scrimmage and was pushed out of bounds at the
Jets' 18. Chris Johnson and Jackie Battle each carried twice to get the ball
down to the 1-yard line before Locker found Delanie Walker for a score.
Rod Bironas added a 26-yard field goal on Tennessee's next possession, putting
the Titans ahead 10-0.
Nick Folk's 45-yard field goal made it 10-3, but Smith lost a fumble on the
Jets' next possession, setting up Locker's 4-yard touchdown pass to
Folk knocked home a 47-yard kick with 2:26 left in the second quarter to bring
the Jets within 17-6.
With 1:37 remaining before halftime, Smith took a snap and made an ill-advised
throw to the sideline right into the arms of Verner for his second pick of the
game, which set up another Titans' touchdown.
Three straight short passes to Damian Williams put Tennessee on the New York
16-yard line. Locker then lofted a ball to Justin Hunter in single coverage
down the left sideline. Hunter leapt and made an acrobatic catch, landing on
his back in the end zone for a touchdown with just two seconds on the clock.
Locker's injury was deflating to Tennessee's offense, which failed to score in
the third quarter, but the Titans defense stepped up and made things difficult
for Smith and the Jets. All three New York drives in the third ended with a
Ryan Quigley punt.
Early in the fourth, Smith dropped back to pass and was sacked near the goal
line by Karl Klug, who jarred the ball loose as Smith was going to the ground
and fell on it in the end zone for a 31-6 Titans' lead.
The young signal-caller had a positive moment on the next New York series. He
completed 6-of-7 passes, including a 34-yard pitch-and-catch with Jeff
Cumberland for the Jets' lone touchdown.
Fitzpatrick returned the favor when he launched a pass deep down the field for
Washington, who had a step on his defender. Washington jumped and made a
difficult catch, knocking down a referee in the process, before scampering to
the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown that capped the scoring with 7:06 to
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes left after injuring his hamstring early in
the fourth quarter ... The Jets outgained Tennessee on the ground, 91-78 ...
Tennessee remains home to host the undefeated Chiefs next week, while the Jets
have an extra day of rest before meeting the Falcons on Monday Night Football.
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