NY Jets Hand Tennessee Titans Their First Loss of the Season

November 23, 2008

Tennessee (ChattahBox) — Brett Favre was given too much time and picked apart the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jets 34, Titans 13.

The Titans had won 13-straight regular-season games dating to Dec. 16, 2007, in becoming only the 11th team since 1970 to win its first 10 games.

“It was a great run, and we’ve got to win our next game,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. The Titans should have a happy Thanksgiving though as they play the hapless Detroit Lions run by the most incompetent owner in sports William Clay Ford on Thursday.

The Jets (8-3) came into the game with momentum atop the AFC East after a victory over New England at Foxborough. They have won five straight for the first time since October 2004 and seven of their last eight. The win also pulled them within two of Tennessee (10-1) with five to play in the race for home-field advantage through the playoffs.

The Jets led 10-3 at halftime and could have had an even bigger margin if not for two turnovers – the first at the Tennessee 21 at the end of the first quarter. Favre could not have started hotter as he completed his first eight passes for 89 yards, the sixth a 10-yard TD pass to Thomas Jones on the opening drive.

The Jets spread out Tennessee, Favre threw fast and often, and they wore the Titans’ defense down by keeping it on the field for more than 40 minutes. New York overcame two turnovers and two sacks in the first half by outgaining Tennessee on offense 409-281.

The Titans went three-and-out on three of their first five drives and had only 55 yards offense until a final drive just before halftime when Rob Bironas finally put Tennessee on the scoreboard with a 43-yard field goal. Bironas added a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter.

New York coach Eric Mangini said he was proud of his team for playing, and winning, in a challenging environment. The Titans sold out their 101st consecutive game.

“We’ve been down here the last three years. It’s loud, and it’s always been a tough place to play,” Mangini said.


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