Five Things to Watch in Sunday's Titans-Jets Game



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **The Titans face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Here's a look at five things to watch in Sunday's game:


Mariota momentum**

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a spectacular performance against the Jaguars, and he'll look to stay hot in the Big Apple. Mariota has been good on the road this season, with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in four starts. The Jets will present a tough challenge on defense – they get after the quarterback (28 sacks) and they're tough to run against (ranked No.1 vs run) as well. Will Mariota stay hot throwing the football? Will he continue to look to take off and run? During Heisman Trophy weekend, the Titans need the rookie to turn in a solid performance.

Force turnovers

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has six touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two weeks. During the course of the season, he's regularly made good decisions. In fact, he's cut down on his interceptions the past two seasons. The Titans must force him into some rushed mistakes. Fitzpatrick threw 53 interceptions during a three-year stretch from 2011-13, and the Titans saw him make mistakes while he played in Tennessee in 2013. Can the Titans cause him to return to his old ways?

Marshall plan

The Titans have faced some hot receivers this season, from Houston's DeAndre Hopkins to Oakland's Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper to Jacksonville's Allen Robinson. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is next up, and he's an especially tough match-up. Marshall is 6-4, and he's the type of guy who can outfight defenders for the football in one-on-one situations. Marshall already had 83 catches for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. But Marshall is just a part of the problem: Jets receiver Eric Decker has also been tough to contend with (59-801-8). The Titans need to be in position, and they need to make plays.


Young receivers**

With Kendall Wright out, the Titans are especially young at receiver. There's veteran Harry Douglas, and then three rookies in Dorial Green-Beckham, Tre McBride and Andrew Turzilli. The Titans want to see Green-Beckham follow up on his success from a week ago, but they'll also need McBride and Turzilli to step up against a Jets defensive backfield with veteran cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis.

Special teams

The Jets have the NFL's fifth-ranked defense, so moving the football on them won't be easy on Sunday. The Titans can't afford another effort like last week's game against the Jaguars if they're going to have a chance to upset the Jets. The Titans also need to make a play on special teams. Dexter McCluster is back after missing the last two games with a knee injury, and the Titans could use a big play from him on Sunday.


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