Despite the amount of smack that's been talked about the Jets this season, they're 6-7 but still stand with an outside chance of gaining a playoff spot. New York's defense has come together as of late and they've strung together two straight wins since getting blasted by New England.
On the other end, the Titans have lost five of their last six games and sit at 4-9 on the season. After going into the locker room at halftime last Sunday against the Colts with a sizable lead, they couldn't finish it off and lost a 27-23 contest to Andrew Luck's Colts on the road.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for this Monday Night matchup.
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
When: Monday, December 17, 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Injury Report (via CBS Sports, as of Dec. 12)
Jets: Clyde Gates (unknown, concussion), Damon Harrison (unknown, ankle), Stephen Hill (unknown, knee), Dustin Keller (unknown, ankle), Ricky Sapp (unknown, ankle)
Titans: Jared Cook (out for season, shoulder), Lavelle Hawkins (unknown, ankle), Colin McCarthy (unknown, concussion), Damian Williams (unknown, hamstring)
What's at Stake?
Whenever your team plays on Monday Night Football, it's a huge chance to put your skills forward and show the entire league what you're capable of. Nobody needs that more than the Jets.
New York may still have an outside shot at the playoffs, but no one is scared of them at the moment. That could change with a big road win over a struggling yet dangerous Titans team.
For Tennessee, their season could either end on a high note with some big victories or on a sour note and a high draft pick. They could use a couple of solid games from second-year quarterback Jake Locker, who has showed promise this season but has also played too inconsistent to make his team a serious threat.
In this game, offensive playmakers and big fantasy performers may be hard to come by. Put that together with a couple of inconsistent quarterbacks, and you have some big potential for defenses.
The Titans defense has been hapless all season, so it's hard to see them picking off Mark Sanchez a bunch of times. On the other hand, Locker has been errant with the ball lately and the Jets defense has played well in recent weeks.
Look for Locker to struggle and turn the ball over multiple times. That, combined with a low-scoring affair, will make the Jets defense a must-start in fantasy football.
Titans WR Kenny Britt
Some fantasy owners who saw Britt's potential early in 2011 decided to draft him but haven't been rewarded by that move so far. But strong performances lately show that Britt may finally be recovered from a nagging knee injury.
Britt caught eight passes on nine targets Sunday against Indianapolis for 143 yards. He proved to be very reliable as he caught nearly all of the passes that went his way, and that's something that goes a long way to a young quarterback.
It's becoming more and more apparent that Britt is back to his perch as an elite NFL receiver. Although his quarterback is struggling, this could be a big day for Britt as he continues to get back in the groove.
What They're Saying
If you've been following the Braylon Edwards-to-the-Jets situation like I have recently, I feel sorry for you. If you haven't, let me fill you in.
Last week, the veteran Edwards called Jets front-office members "idiots" on Twitter as reports surfaced that he could be rejoining his former team. On Tuesday, Edwards officially rejoined New York, according to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times.
Well, it's not like the Jets needed any more locker room distractions. But things are so desperate at the wide receiver position for Rex Ryan's squad that he might just be taking what he can get.
Soon we'll find out if Edwards still has good football left in him.
Key Matchup: Chris Johnson vs. Jets Defense
The fact that it's taken this long to address Chris Johnson's potential impact on the game speaks volumes to the damage his reputation has taken in recent seasons. But anyone who watches the Titans closely can recognize that he's still an elite running back.
However, he doesn't always find a way to impact the game and that will be harder than usual against New York's defense. But he's stood out against solid defenses this year and he could do so again.
Johnson hasn't topped 100 rushing yards in the last three games, so he's hungry to get back on track and rack up some yards to finish the season off with decent statistics. We've all seen how important the stats are to CJ2K.
The Titans play in front of the most inspired fans in the league, but there's no much inspiration right now in Music City.
New York will come into Nashville and be prepared to take victory from a young team that is still learning its way.
Jets 16, Titans 10
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