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JOE BIDDLE: Titans put Jets fans in funk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

You think your Titans are having a bad season? New York Jets fans will vehemently argue theirs is worse.

They think the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets bottomed out in the 14-10 loss in Music City. This time, it's Jets fans singing the blues and shedding some tears in their beer.

The headline on the New York Post read: Picked To Death.

The New York media aimed most of its venom at quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose five turnovers proved to be the difference in the game.

Those who chose social media to strike out at Sanchez didn't hold any punches. One bitter Twitter Bird warned Sanchez to not show up at Wednesday's practice.

"Don't come to practice Wednesday. I promise you bullets everywhere,'' read the threatening tweet.

I guess the mass killings lessons from Sandy Hook didn't last very long with that misfit.

The Jets announced Tuesday they would start former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and use Tim Tebow as a backup.

I agree it must have been painful for Jets fans. It was a painful game for anyone to watch. The national rating of 6.6/11 share was the lowest rated Monday Night Football game this season. It beat the Lions-Bears MNF game on Oct 22. It drew a 6.7 rating, but was going against Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between St. Louis and San Francisco.

The combined rating was 26.8 locally, the lowest for a Titans MNF game since 2004.

The game wasn't in high demand locally. With thunderstorms in the forecast early Monday afternoon, StubHub ticket outlet was offering 50 tickets to the game for the bargain basement price of $3 each.

The Titans leaned on their defense to win their fifth game of the season. All five wins have come against teams that are .500 and below on the season. Pittsburgh has a 7-7 record and the 3-point loss came at LP Field.

They beat the 5-9 Bills by a point on the road. The dumped a 4-10 Lions team by three points in overtime, and the Jets by four points as they fell out of the playoffs with a 6-8 record. The most impressive Titans win came at a 6-8 Miami team where they abused the Dolphins, 37-3.

The big question becomes which Titans team shows up at historic Green Bay Sunday?

Several areas have to be shored up in order for the Titans to pull an upset.

Quarterback Jake Locker needs to avoid pressure from the Pack. The Jets sacked him four times for minus-22 yards and once more Locker's inaccuracy crept into the conversation. His receivers have to improve. Kenny Britt caught one pass in the game for a mere seven yards. He's supposedly the top wide receiver threat, but hasn't proven it. Nate Washington (four receptions) and Michael Preston (three catches, a 15.5-yard average, led the way.

You can't fault the Titans defense. It won the game for them.

Young players such as Jason McCourty (5 tackles, 2 interceptions), linebacker Zach Brown (7 tackles, 2 sacks), Akeem Ayers (5 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry) and Tim Shaw, who led the team in tackles with eight, produced positive vibes for the future.

Veteran safety Michael Griffin had six tackles, including two interceptions. The last one preserved the win for the Titans.

It's something defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and Coach Mike Munchak have been anxiously waiting for.

"I just think that finally things -- balls are coming our way a little bit. We made some plays and I really thought it was fun to watch the defense step up and control the game for us.

"Five turnovers, four sacks, that's how you win football games.''

At least games in which Mark Sanchez is the quarterback.

Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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