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

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.