As most Titans fans know, we have been very inconsistent this season. So we have to be cautiously optimistic when it comes to future matchups. We didn’t think this would be much of a game, because it’s the Jets. Tennessee didn’t make it easy, they didn’t make it look pretty, but they got the job done. The Titans do not control their own destiny, but winning out gives them an excellent chance to make the playoffs in consecutive years.
In a game where the Jets best player was Jason Myers, you have to assume the Titans would win. The Titans didn’t do much of anything right for 58 minutes. They looked sloppy, slow, unmotivated and among other things, bad. Then, out of nowhere, they did what they do best. They reel you back in with one, incredible, drive to win the game. Consistently waiting until the 12th round of the title fight, the Titans will have you on the edge of your seat while they prepare for the knockout.
Marcus Mariota is clutch, and he proved that yet again against the Jets. Mariota got the ball back on his own 14-yard line with just 1:46 left in the fourth quarter. He led a 6 play 86-yard touchdown drive to bury the Jets. A key play on the drive is when Mariota scrambled up the middle for a 25-yard gain, also adding a facemask penalty to put the Titans in business. Capped off by an incredible effort from Corey Davis, the Titans managed to win a game that they only led for 36 seconds. Yes, you read that correctly, the Titans led for a measly 36 seconds, but that’s all they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.
What This Means For Tennessee
Beating the Jets 26-22 made the outlook for the Titans slightly better. It’s not realistic to think they can win the division, down 3 games with 4 remaining. However, the wildcard is indeed up for grabs. The Titans have to use this momentum to keep them going in the right direction. Winning out is the only realistic path to the postseason. With 3 of their last 4 games coming at Nissan Stadium, the Titans have to be feeling good about their chances. Winning 14 of their last 17 home games, the Titans will be hoping to make that 17 of the previous 20. This season could come down to a week 17 divisional match for the second straight season, as the Colts visit the Titans on December 30th. #TitanUp