Gang Green continues late playoff push in Music City
A two-game winning streak has the Jets faithful whispering about the playoffs, but this team already finds itself in a playoff scenario. One more loss for the 6-7 Jets and any postseason hopes disappear. With a chance to get back to .500 in Tennessee Monday night, here are a few keys to tonight's matchup (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
Not that he's happy to be in the middle of a quarterback controversy, but Mark Sanchez couldn't have picked a better time for his job to be under the microscope. After getting through a lackluster Jaguars defense during last week's 17-10 win in Jacksonville, he'll face a Titans defense that's soft against the pass, allowing 250.8 ypg.
Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be having a good season on the surface (1,037 rushing yards, 4.7 ypc), but the truth is, he's been wildly inconsistent. In his seven best games, Johnson accumulated 873 yards on the ground. In the other six, he managed just 164 yards. The Jets allow 136.5 ypg, so they'll need to raise their game in order to stop an elite runner like Johnson.
Sanchez is sure to benefit from the return of wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who was a favorite target in 2009 and 2010. The Seahawks had released him after concerns about a hamstring injury, but coach Rex Ryan expects him to be in the lineup Monday night. With tight end Dustin Keller and wideout Stephen Hill not expected to suit up, Edwards figures to be targeted early and often.