Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Notes - Sheppard and Strickland may not play Sunday

Tennessee is going to come in to Meadowlands an angry team. They have always been a prideful team under Jeff Fisher that will run the ball and stop the run. This year, that has certainly been the case again, but Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub torched the secondary in back to back weeks.

How will Brian Schottenheimer respond? While the Jets have run the ball 57% of the time, the most in the league, they likely will have to open it up a little against Tennessee. They have been especially burned by the tight end, so Dustin Keller should get involved early and often. Cortland Finnegan hasn't been the same cornerback he was early last season, but he and Jerricho Cotchery will be a tough, physical matchup.

Mark Sanchez has yet to have to win a game in the 4th quarter for the Jets. This may be the first game he has to carry the offense on his shoulders. He has a 91.3 quarterback rating in the first two games, so he has certainly looked the part so far, but the Titans know the Jets want to run the ball, and they certainly have the capability to stop the run. If Sanchez can keep up similar yards-per-attempt and keep the turnovers down with more throws, the Jets should win this game.

In fact there's a good chance both teams will be throwing more than they normally like. Tennessee, a run-first team like the Jets, may be taking aim a secondary down two key players. Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland are both very questionable to play, with Strickland being more likely to sit. If both are out, Dwight Lowery is opposite Darrelle Revis, and Drew Coleman is the nickelback. One of those three won't have passes thrown in his direction.

Other names on the injury report this week include QB Mark Sanchez, who has minor knee tendinitis. He fully participated in practice, so don't worry at all. The rest of the injury report you can find here, but there's nothing really serious.

Cimini also has some interesting quotes by Titans FB Ahmard Hall, who has some harsh quotes about Bart Scott. There could be some bad blood there, and with the Titans at 0-2, frustration could spill out if they fall behind.

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