(Above is a gallery of some of my pics from the game. There aren't many of actual game action, because I hate feeling disengaged from the action by looking at a cell phone screen display.)
Sure, the Titans' win over the Jets on Monday Night Football wasn't the edge of your seat shoot-out Goodell and Disney want to see in their primetime game slots, but being there live in person (with a responsible-yet-enjoyable buzz) was a completely different experience. One thing I did take away: watching your team bust a 95-yard TD run, or snag an unexpected interception is orgasmic in person.
Of course, my view may be affected by the fact that my most recent trips to LP Field included this season's loss to the Colts, last season's thrashing at the hands of the Texans, VY's pad-throwing incident against the Redskins, another loss to the Colts and the playoff loss to the Ravens. At this point, an ugly 0-2 win in person might be a blast for your intrepid writer.
The best part of that game for me, was the combination of Jake putting a stop to his recent rash of turnovers, his rushing touchdown that was a vintage Steve McNair lower the shoulder and get it done play, and watching the defense absolutely have their way with every phase of the Jets' offense.
And believe me, every fan in that stadium took great delight in Tim Tebow's series in the second quarter. Many jokes were made. Backs were slapped.
Now, on to the links:
Don't count on seeing standout rookie Kendall Wright again this season: he suffered a cracked rib in the fourth quarter, and with only two weeks left in the season I doubt he gets cleared to play. If that does end up being the case, expect the coaching staff to give young Michael Preston a shot after he showed some nice poise and toughness on his two catches last night.
As if our O-line wasn't ragtag enough already, Kevin Matthews left in the first quarter and was replaced by Kyle DeVann for the rest of the game.
Brett Kern put up his worst night as a Titan, and the fact that his shanks didn't come back to kill us is a testament to how well our defense played. Tough night for a guy who has been solid-to-stellar for us over the past two seasons.
Sen'Derrick Marks made a rare appearance on PFF's ‘Had a Bad Day' team after struggling with Jets guard Brandon Moore.
On a brighter note, PFF has high praise for the play of McCourty (Congrats on the new baby!), Griffin and Derrick Morgan; the later of whom logged a positive pass rushing rating in eight of his last nine games.