The New York Jets season came crashing back down to Earth following Sunday’s 38-13 drubbing by the Tennessee Titans. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith committed four turnovers including two interceptions and two lost fumbles to add to an NFL high twelve giveaways this season.
Smith and company were off to an inauspicious start when the former West Virginia star was intercepted on the second play of the game by Titans’ defensive back Alterraun Verner, who returned the ball to New York’s 18-yard line. Five plays later quarterback Jake Locker found tight end Delanie Walker for a one-yard touchdown to give Tennessee the early 7-0 edge.
The Titans would tack on a field goal on their next offensive possession extending their lead to 10-0 with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter. The Jets finally joined the scoring parade as placekicker Nick Folk blasted a 45-yarder through the uprights to trim the deficit to seven points.
On New York’s next offensive drive, Smith scrambled out of the pocket and lunged for a first down, but the ball was batted out of his hands by linebacker Zach Brown and the Titans took over at the Jets’ 26-yard line. Five plays later, Locker connected with wideout Nate Washington for a four-yard score to extend the lead to 17-6. Things would start to snowball from there, as Tennessee’s wideout Justin Hunter hauled in touchdown grab from Locker with just two seconds remaining in the half.
Early in the fourth quarter the Titans would put the finishing touches on the Jets as defensive end Karl Klug raced into the backfield and dislodged the ball from Smith’s grasp and recovered the football for yet another touchdown.
The Titans would go on to win by a final of 38-13 as penalties, turnovers and sloppy play derailed any chances of the Jets pulling off a road victory.
New York travels to the Georgia Dome next Monday Night to take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.