Jets focusing on struggling Titans, not playoffs
The Titans haven't won since beating Miami 37-3 on Nov. 11. They are embracing the chance to spoil the Jets' playoff hopes.
"That's all we can do from here on out," Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said. "We want to win our last three games, and we're going to do everything we possibly can to do that."
The Titans have shown signs of improvement over the past month, especially on third-down defense, even though they still rank next to last in the NFL allowing 29.9 points per game. They sacked Andrew Luck four times and hit him repeatedly in holding the Colts to 269 total yards.
Tennessee also may have middle linebacker Colin McCarthy back from a concussion that kept him out the past two games.
The Jets brought back receiver Braylon Edwards to help an injury-depleted group and a passing offense ranked 30th in the NFL. Ryan expects Edwards to play, giving quarterback Mark Sanchez a familiar target.
Sanchez isn't sure how quickly they will get back on the same page.
"We'll see," Sanchez said.
The last meeting in Nashville was 2008, when Brett Favre helped the Jets end Tennessee's 10-game win streak to open the season. The Titans have beaten the Jets only once since moving to Tennessee in 1997 with New York winning four of the past five games, including 24-17 on Sept. 27, 2009.
The game is sold out, though how many fans actually show up in the seats remains to be seen after thousands stayed away from their last game. Munchak said he hopes fans turn out and show their support.
Chris Johnson, who became the eighth player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons to start his career, said the Titans know they have to keep playing hard.
"I'm sure the microscope is on every single person for whatever odd reason, if it's to keep a job here for the coaches or as a player to continue to be on this team next year or even if you're not, just to put things on film for other teams to see," Johnson said. "So I'm sure everybody still have something to play for."
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AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak in Florham Park, N.J., contributed to this report.
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