Jets vs. Titans 2013: Injury dampens excitement of victory for Tennessee

Frederick Breedon

A hip injury for QB Jake Locker has Titans fans feeling glum and the turnover-prone Geno Smith doesn't have Jets fans feeling much better.

The Tennessee Titans rolled to a 38-13 victory over the New York Jets in Week 4 to improve to 3-1, scoring four touchdowns off of four New York turnovers. The most significant moment of the game, though, may have been when Titans quarterback Jake Locker went down with an injury and was carted off to the locker room.

The potential loss of the team's starting quarterback had August West of SB Nation's Titans blog, Music City Miracles, tempering his enthusiasm about the victory:

This win should have had me jumping around like an idiot, but until we know more about Jake, it's hard to get too excited. Still, after an opening 4 games that looked like a murderer's row back in June, The Titans are a convincing 3-1 and have yet to turn the ball over on offense. That stat won't last all year, but our current +9 turnover ratio is the kind of stat division winners put up in the NFL.

Early reports are that Locker may miss four to eight weeks with the hip injury that sent him to the hospital, although the Titans have not yet provided an official diagnosis for the signal caller.

The Jets are also going through some quarterback trouble, but their problems are not health-related. Instead, they are youth-related, as rookie quarterback Geno Smith has struggled to take care of the football. Still very early in his NFL career, Smith's turnover issues may be becoming a bad trend, according to John Butchko of SB Nation's Jets blog, Gang Green Nation:

Turnovers happen with a rookie. It is just there are turnovers, and there are TURNOVERS. Sometimes a guy misses a block, a quarterback expects a receiver to run a different way than he does, a defender makes a spectacular play, or there is some other mitigating factor. That has not really been the case with Geno Smith this year. He has eleven in four games. He has had at least two in every game, and they all seem to be really bad ones. They certainly were today.

Likely without Locker in Week 5, the Titans will have the tough task of handing the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season, while the Jets will travel to face the Atlanta Falcons.

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