Jets-Titans: New York Wins in Hard-Fought Battle Against Reeling Tennessee


Published: September 27, 2009

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... a hard-fought battle against the desperate Tennessee Titans, improving to 3-0 and leaving Tennessee winless.

"Their record is not indicative of how tough that team is," said Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez of his opponents.

Throwing for 171 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, Sanchez had his struggles against a proud defense looking to prove the Titans are better than their record.

The fifth-overall draft pick capped off a strong opening drive with a 14-yard scamper to the end zone and followed it up less than three minutes later with a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Hartsock on a convincing play-action fake.

Then Sanchez started to look a little like a rookie. The wet weather forced him into mistakes as the Titans' defense pushed the Jets into five consecutive three-and-out drives.

It was the NFL's top-ranked defense at the start of Week 3 that salvaged the game for New York. It bent for quarterback Kerry Collins, but n...

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