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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: AP / James Kenney


C-It took a third-quarter brawl to finally spark the Jets' dormant offense. The unit mustered just two scores in the game against the lowly Titans -- a 9-yard catch by fullback John Conner and a game-winning 1-yard TD run by Chris Ivory that was aided by a 37-yard run by Chris Johnson. Geno Smith (three sacks, safety, no turnovers) and the offense looked out of sync early and was 2-for-13 on third-down conversions. Eric Decker had an 81-yard TD negated after a replay showed he stepped out of bounds, but the receiver had seven catches for a season-high 100 yards.


B- Give the unit credit for keeping the Titans out of the end zone. Quinton Coples, who started in place of the injured Muhammad Wilkerson, knocked Jake Locker out of the game in the second quarter. Coples finished with four quarterback hits, including a sack for a loss of 7. Rex Ryan's defense allowed just 89 rushing yards, but surrendered 253 in the air. The Jets, however, still need to improve their tackling -- particularly in the secondary.


C- Nick Folk missed a 53-yard field goal attempt and barely eked out a 51-yarder. Punter Ryan Quigley had a net average of 40.9 on seven attempts and Jeremy Kerley averaged 7.7 yards on his punt returns. Percy Harvin's only kickoff return was for 33 yards in the third quarter.


C Fans may be upset with Rex & Co. for getting the 'W', but he deserves credit for keeping his players focused on the task at hand with offseason changes looming. Although wins have been in short supply this season, Ryan's staff has its players committed to winning. "We stayed together and it certainly wasn't easy," Ryan said. "But I'm happy with the victory."

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