Monday, December 17, 2012
Three things to watch: Jets at Titans
By James Walker
The New York Jets (6-7) will try to stay alive in the AFC wild-card race against the Tennessee Titans (4-9) on ESPN’s "Monday Night Football."
Here are three things to watch for New York:
1. Braylon Edwards returns: The Jets went back to the future this week and re-signed veteran receiver Edwards. New York was desperately thin at receiver and brought back Edwards, who starred for the Jets in 2009 and 2010. With rookie Stephen Hill injured, Edwards could get a solid workload in his first game back with New York. Edwards and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had great chemistry during their two seasons together. The Jets would benefit if Edwards can hit the ground running on Monday night.
2. Can Jets' defense dominate? New York is 2-0 in December because its defense is playing lights out. The Jets are allowing just eight points per game the past two weeks. That takes a lot of pressure off the offense, which has done just enough to win. But New York did this against the lowly Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars, which are two of the worst offenses in the NFL. Tennessee’s offense, with star tailback Chris Johnson, will present a stiffer challenge.
3. The Tebow factor: Backup quarterback Tim Tebow is expected to return to the field for the first time in four weeks. Jets coach Rex Ryan says Tebow will be available against Tennessee, perhaps in the Wildcat package. The Jets’ offense is struggling and needs all hands on deck.