Three keys for the Jets against the Titans

The Jets (3-8) are a decided underdog Sunday in Nashville, but here are three things they can do to keep it close

Josh McCown will likely make his third straight start in place of rookie Sam Darnold, who is questionable for the game with a foot injury.

The 39-year-old has only one touchdown and three interceptions in his two games. Him playing a turnover-free game will key for the Jets to at least keep the game close. Here are three more...

Jets-Titans keys to the game

Create a turnover. The Jets are on a five-game losing streak, and they haven't forced a turnover in any of the five, which is tied for an NFL record. Tennessee has turned the ball over only 13 times in 11 games, which is 12th best in the league. The offense has been struggling (no game with more than 17 points during the losing streak), so the defense giving providing a short field at least once will be vital.

Find a pass rush. In addition to a lack of turnovers, the Jets have had a complete lack of a pass rush the last two games, with only one sack. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has been sacked 35 times, which is tied for fourth most in the league. If the Jets can't get to him, everyone will see just how broken the Jets' pass rush has become.

Find a way to run the ball. This is specifically for Isaiah Crowell. Yes, the Jets' offensive line has been hindered by the loss of left guard James Carpenter to injured reserve. And offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has been criticized for getting too pass-happy. But Crowell, after rushing for 390 yards and five touchdowns the first five games (and that's including zero -- yes, zero -- in Jacksonville), the 25-year-old has just 192 rushing yards and one score the last six games. The Titans have just an average rush defense (116.5 yards allowed per game, 17th in the league), so the Jets must at least try to control the clock by running the ball.

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