Final

Jets 13

(2-2, 0-2 away)

Titans 38

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, September 29, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 6 0 713
TEN 10 14 0 1438

Top Performers

Passing: G. Smith (NYJ) - 289 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Powell (NYJ) - 14 CAR, 66 YDS

Receiving: N. Washington (TEN) - 4 REC, 105 YDS, 2 TD

Titans wallop Jets but lose Jake Locker to injury

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans got a very big win over the New York Jets. Their celebration is muted while they wait to see if they lost their quarterback.

And if they did, just for how long.

Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before injuring his hip seriously enough to send him to the hospital, and the Titans finished off a 38-13 rout Sunday of the Jets for their second straight victory.

Locker was hurt with 11:14 left in the third quarter when hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson after throwing an incomplete pass, then popped by Quinton Coples. He grabbed at his hip as he went to the ground and was taken from the field before being loaded into an ambulance.

Titans coach Mike Munchak did not have an update or a diagnosis after the game.

"When it's your quarterback, it seems to hurt more," Munchak said.

Locker spent the night in the hospital, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Alterraun Verner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, Karl Klug sacked Smith and stripped him of the ball for a TD as the Titans turned Smith's four turnovers into 28 points. Ropati Pitoitua had two of Tennessee's five sacks as the Titans (3-1) continued their surprising start.

The Jets (2-2) couldn't overcome Smith's rookie mistakes, especially not after receiver Stephen Hill was knocked out of the game with a head injury on the second offensive play.

Smith had one fewer turnover than Mark Sanchez did last December when the Jets lost to the Titans 14-10 in an ugly game between two teams headed to 6-10 finishes. The Jets cut their penalties in half from a week ago when they had 20, but it wasn't enough with all the turnovers.

"It shocks me," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I never expected for the game to turn out like this. Certainly a shock. I don't know what else to say."

The Jets now get to look for answers.

The Titans already have half as many wins through the first month as they managed all of 2012, and they joined the 1995 St. Louis Rams as the only teams in the Super Bowl era without a turnover through the first four games.

But the victory was overshadowed by Locker's injury.

Wilkerson said he didn't realize Locker was hurt and that the referee told him it was a clean hit.

"It was a clean hit," Wilkerson said. "If it was late the ref would have thrown a flag. They didn't throw a flag."

Locker missed five games last year with a dislocated shoulder, an injury that affected him throughout the season. Fully healthy, Locker was starting to play like the franchise quarterback the Titans wanted when they drafted him No. 8 overall in 2011 out of Washington.

Against the Jets, Locker completed passes to seven different receivers with TD passes to Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and rookie Justin Hunter for a 24-6 halftime lead.

"It was a really big shot," Chris Johnson said of losing Locker. "We had a lot of momentum, everything going our way and just for the play to happen like that ... it just kind of sucked it all out of us."

Ryan Fitzpatrick, signed in March to back up Locker, started slowly coming off the bench. But he connected with Washington on a 77-yard TD during which the receiver went up for the ball away from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, knocked down back judge Billy Smith as he landed and then ran to the end zone for a 38-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

"I was brought here for a reason, and the reason I was brought here was to help Jake out and be ready for a situation like this if it came up," Fitzpatrick said.

The Jets managed one TD drive in the fourth quarter as Smith threw a 34-yard pass to Jeff Cumberland. Nick Folk kicked a pair of field goals.

It just wasn't enough with the Titans blitzing Smith and hitting him repeatedly. Verner stepped in front of Hill and intercepted Smith's first pass at midfield and ran it back 34 yards with safety Michael Griffin leveling Hill after the catch.

Verner also recovered a fumble after Titans linebacker Zach Brown chopped the ball away from Smith, setting up Locker's second TD pass. Verner got his second interception late in the first half to set up Locker's third TD pass to Hunter.

"The ball's just finding me right now," Verner said.

Game notes


Ryan said WR Santonio Holmes hurt a hamstring, but didn't have any information about the severity. ... Washington went over 5,000 yards receiving for his career with his 77-yard TD catch. ... Griffin and Jets safety Dawan Landry each played in their 100th career games. ... The Titans won their fourth straight at home dating to last season, their first such winning streak since five consecutive wins in 2009. ... Munchak now is 18-18 as a head coach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
TEN
1st Downs1617
Passing 1st downs
1111
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from Penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
4-1310-18
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays6265
Total Yards330322
Yards per play5.35.0
Total Drives1314
Passing239244
Comp - Att
23-3421-32
Yards per pass
7.07.6
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-502-13
Rushing9178
Rushing Attempts
2331
Yards per rush
4.02.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-03-4
Penalties10-664-30
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession29:2230:38

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith23/342898.5125-50
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Locker18/241496.2302-13
Fitzpat...3/810813.5100-0

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell14664.7012
Bohanon4174.308
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Battle11423.8020
Johnson15211.408

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Winslow67312.20259
Kerley46516.30235
TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Washington410526.32778
Wright55611.20259

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJTEN
tenTD11:57Delanie Walker 1 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Rob Bironas Kick) 07
tenFG04:20Rob Bironas 26 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjFG14:55Nick Folk 45 Yd 310
tenTD06:46Nate Washington 4 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Rob Bironas Kick) 317
nyjFG02:26Nick Folk 47 Yd 617
tenTD00:02Justin Hunter 16 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Rob Bironas Kick) 624
FOURTH QUARTERNYJTEN
tenTD11:45Karl Klug 0 Yd Fumble Return (Rob Bironas Kick) 631
nyjTD08:49Jeff Cumberland 34 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Nick Folk Kick) 1331
tenTD07:06Nate Washington 77 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 1338

Research Notes

Geno Smith was sacked, lost a fumble or threw an interception on eight of his 40 dropbacks on Sunday, bringing his turnover total to 11 this season. Only the Giants have more turnovers as a team than Smith through four games.
Tennessee's average starting field position was the Titans' 37-yard line, its best in a game this season. The Chiefs lead the league with an average starting field position of their own 37-yard line. Three of Tennessee's six first-half drives started in Jets' territory, all of which resulted in touchdowns, and helped the Titans jump out to a 24-6 halftime lead.

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