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Titans take advantage of Geno Smith’s sloppiness, hold 24-6 halftime lead

Jake Locker, Calvin Pace

The Jets committed 20 penalties last week and they’re doing their best to challenge that mark this Sunday.

The scoreboard hasn’t been as kind to them, however. The Jets have committed eight penalties, seven of which were accepted, during the first half in Tennessee. The Titans have used those errors and a pair by quarterback Geno Smith to take a 24-6 lead after two quarters.

Smith was intercepted by Alterraun Verner on his first throw of the afternoon, setting up a Delanie Walker touchdown catch, and he fumbled while trying to run for a first down in the second quarter when Titans linebacker Zach Brown stripped him of the ball. Smith was holding the ball far too cavalierly on the play, leading to a loose ball that Verner recovered to put the Titans in position for a Nate Washington touchdown catch.

Verner’s big half continued with a second pick with 90 seconds to go in the half. Jake Locker, who finished the half 16-of-19 for 130 yards, used short passes and a well-timed scramble to move the team into position for a touchdown throw to Justin Hunter with two seconds to go in the half. The Jets miscues helped, but the Titans have been efficient about turning them into points even though their running game hasn’t been able to get going.

Smith is 8-of-13 for 120 yards and the offense hasn’t looked terrible when it isn’t turning the ball over or committing penalties. Bilal Powell is running well again, with 51 yards on nine carries, and the defense has limited the Titans to a field goal when they haven’t been handed terrible field position. They have been handed it three times, though, and the Jets are down big as a result.

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7 Responses to “Titans take advantage of Geno Smith’s sloppiness, hold 24-6 halftime lead”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 29, 2013 5:36 PM

    Justin Hunter tearing it up lately.

  2. cwk22 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:41 PM

    Smith or Sanchez, the result is the same!

  3. jetsareajoke says: Sep 29, 2013 5:49 PM

    Where’s that vaunted jests defense I kept hearing about all week long? Did anyone tell Rex that holding the opponent to only a few yards doesn’t mean squat if you’re gonna let them keep scoring TDs.

  4. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:14 PM

    Go Titans Go!

    I pray Jake Locker is ok…after being hit helmet to the chest by the Jets…and bring taken off on a cart…

    I hope back up QB Fitzpatrick does ok…for however Locker has to be out…

  5. bingobrown12 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:35 PM

    Remember Jets Fans Smith is a rook please give him
    three to four years to improve. :)

  6. bleedrangerblue says: Sep 29, 2013 8:25 PM

    Everyone forgets Genos a rookie. Let’s get thru the growing pains jet fans!

  7. pisano says: Sep 30, 2013 12:43 AM

    For a second I thought Sanchez had grown a few inches. Maybe it’s best to not have Sanchez talk to Geno, whatever he’s saying to him is not working.

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