^By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.=
^AP Sports Writer=
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ No trap troubles for the New York Jets in this one.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and New York’s stingy defense stifled Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans’ offense for most of the game as the Jets cruised to a 30-8 victory Sunday.
Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Bilal Powell each caught TD passes for the Jets (8-5), who stayed on track in the AFC playoff race with their first three-game winning streak since 2011.
Fitzpatrick, who has set a single-season career high with 25 touchdown throws, finished 21 of 36 for 263 yards. Chris Ivory ran for 101 yards on 22 carries, and Randy Bullock kicked three field goals. Muhammad Wilkerson had three sacks for New York, which was coming off a stunning 23-20 overtime win over the Giants last week and had some wondering if there might be a letdown against the lowly Titans (3-10).
Not a chance.
Tennessee’s lone highlight came in the third quarter when Antonio Andrews took a direct snap and connected with Mariota for a 41-yard touchdown _ the rookie quarterback’s first career reception.
Mariota finished 21 of 39 for 274 yards for the Titans, who were looking to win consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. Tennessee dropped to 2-4 under interim coach Mike Mularkey.
Jets rookie receiver Devin Smith was carted from the field with what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter on Ryan Quigley’s first punt of the game. Receiver Jeremy Kerley also left with an injured calf.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis made his return after missing two games with a concussion.
With temperatures an unseasonably warm 68 degrees at kickoff, the Jets got off to an encouraging start. A 14-play drive on their opening possession that was capped by Fitzpatrick’s 16-yard toss to Decker, who caught his ninth TD pass of the season. The score made Decker and Marshall the first duo in team history with at least nine touchdown receptions each in a season.
After pushing a 53-yard attempt wide left on the Jets’ next drive, Bullock kicked a 47-yarder to give New York a 10-0 lead.
Tennessee got its initial first down on Mariota’s first completion, a 27-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham to end the first quarter.
After Buster Skrine intercepted Mariota early in the second quarter, Bullock increased the Jets’ lead to 13-0 with a 27-yarder. The drive was kept alive on Fitzpatrick’s 2-yard sneak on fourth-and-1 from the 13 _ after Todd Bowles initially sent out the kicking unit.
Powell took a short pass from Fitzpatrick and slipped and zipped his way into the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown that made it 20-0. The Titans blocked the extra point, but Da’Norris Searcy was offside and, 5 yards closer, Bullock made his next attempt.
Searcy later left with a hamstring injury.
Fitzpatrick set his single-season career high for TDs on a short pass to Marshall, who stiff-armed a defender and tip-toed down the right sideline for a 69-yard TD that put the Jets up 27-0 before halftime.
Through two quarters, New York dominated the stats sheet: 324-72 in total yards, 17-4 in first downs and 19:47-10:13 in time of possession. The Jets outgained the Titans 439-292 overall.
Trying to spark Tennessee’s struggling offense, the Titans called for a wildcat play and ended the Jets’ shutout bid on Mariota’s first career catch.
Andrews took the direct snap _ with Mariota lined up wide _ and floated a pass down the right sideline. Safety Calvin Pryor slipped on the coverage, leaving Mariota completely uncovered. The rookie quarterback made the catch and cruised into the end zone for a 41-yard score. A 2-point conversion to Dexter McCluster cut the deficit to 27-8.
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