New York Jets Week 3: Preview

Steven LernerContributor ISeptember 26, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets against the New England Patriots at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Weekly Storyline: On Sunday, the 2-0 New York Jets look to win their third game of the season against an 0-2 Tennessee Titans team that is desperate to win their first game of the season.

The Jets' defense shone last week, shutting down Tom Brady and the Patriots in a 16-9 win. A win this week against the Titans would proclaim the Jets as early season Super Bowl contenders.

After back-to-back wins against the Patriots and Titans in 2008, many people saw the same Super Bowl expectations for the Jets before they fell apart at the end of the season. This year, the Jets don't want to buy into the hype and they hope to prove this winning streak is legit.


Player Profile: This week's player profile is going to Darrelle Revis. The third-year corner out of Pitt has be nothing short of amazing in 2009.

Thus far, the Pro Bowl cornerback has limited Andre Johnson and Randy Moss, two of the best wide receivers, to minor impacts in games.

In order for the Jets' defense to continue their dominate ways, Revis must do his part as their shut-down cornerback. If Revis can continue his high-caliber play, another Pro-Bowl selection awaits the cornerback.


Jets Passing Offense vs. Titans Passing Defense: Although the Jets' obviously start an inexperienced quarterback, this week it might not matter. The Titans' weak and inexperienced secondary rank at the bottom for pass defense in the NFL. Look for Sanchez to have his best game in September, and big games for Keller and Cotchery.

Jets Rushing Offense vs. Titans Rushing Defense: The duo of Jones and Washington made it easy for Sanchez to be comfortable in the pocket thus far. But in Week Three, they face a stingy Titans defense that ranks second in the NFL against the run. If the Jets aren't careful, this could be a long day for the running game. The Jets must find a way to bring Shone Greene into the fold, who could trick up the Ttians defense.

Titans Passing Offense vs. Jets Passing Defense: Kerry Collins has looked mediocre at best in the first two weeks, and he needs to be more consistent with his throws in order for the Titans to win. He'll face a difficult Jets defense that has shut down both Matt Schaub and Tom Brady. After not recording a sack last week, the Jets will pressure Collins this week and they will get a sack.

Titans Rushing Offense vs. Jets Rushing Defense: The Titans' running offense, led by the talented Chris Johnson and LenDale White, look to put up big numbers this week. WIth Calvin Pace out of the lineup again because of his suspension, Bart Scott and David Harris need to step up and limit the Titans' rushing game. If the Titans can run the ball well on Sunday, they'll take off some of the pressure from Collins.

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of rain. High in the mid-70's.


Fantasy Football

Start: Jericho Cotchery. That's right, against a week Titans secondary, Cotchery is a worth a start in most fantasy leagues.

Sit: Kerry Collins. He'll struggle badly this week and won't up big numbers.

Sleeper: Chansi Stuckey. Desperate for a wide receiver to start in a three-wide receiver league? Take a look a Stuckey, who's been good as of late and this week's matchup favors him.


Final Prediction: No let down this week. The Jets win, 20-10, and improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. Let's hope this season doesn't turn into another 2008.