Titans and Jake Locker Trying to Keep Momentum Going Against Jets
The Titans held an eight-point lead against the Houston Texans in Week 2 with only a few minutes left to play, but the Texans rallied and won the game in overtime.
But, Mike Munchak's team rebounded a week ago with a dramatic win over the San Diego Chargers, and now must turn to their attention to another team that has caught fans by surprise this season: the New York Jets.
Both teams sport outstanding rushers in Chris Johnson (Titans) and Bilal Powell (Jets), but the difference in this game should come down to which young quarterback can impress the most.
Geno Smith has played better than expected for the Jets, aside from the bad performance against the Patriots a few weeks ago. However, he's been able to lead the offense at critical times during the game, and that's really all they can ask for out of a rookie quarterback.
On the other side, Jake Locker may have officially arrived with one late drive and one late pass against the Chargers last weekend.
When Titan fans were starting to wonder if Locker was indeed the solution at quarterback, he rallied them and delivered a game-winning heave to rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter to pull off the miraculous victory.
Locker desperately needed that moment. He desperately needed to make a statement, and he desperately needed to have that one signature drive that reassured everyone that he had the tools to lead this team to success.
With this only being Smith's second road game as a starter, and considering how well Locker is playing, this game is there for the taking for Tennessee.
Sure, the Jets have some momentum of their own. But it doesn't match the momentum that Locker and company have right now.
The Titans are playing at a different level and have a chance to make a nice little run over the next few weeks. It all starts with the Jets though. They are a team with a high amount of confidence given their nice start, and they'd like nothing more than to move to 3-1 with a huge road win in Nashville.
Locker's arrival as a true starting quarterback in the NFL will be the big story of this game.
Will he make even bigger strides this Sunday? Rex Ryan and the Jets better hope not.