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NFL picks against the spread, Monday night: J-E-T-S spells W-I-N over Titans

Your friendly Monday night picker blew it big time by going with the Texans to cover vs. New England, but he'll roll with the visiting team, the New York Jets, once again this week.


The New York Jets are still alive for an AFC playoff spot. But only wins, and losses by teams ahead of them, can help Gang Green at this point. The Jets are a playoff longshot, but they'll keep it interesting for their fans with a win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

Let's get this out of the way first -- Tim Tebow will be active. Will we see him play? Who knows, and who outside of Tebow and Skip Bayless really cares? Expect to see a battle of running games, with both teams pretty unimpressive at the quarterback position. Chris Johnson needs to get it going for the Titans (4-9) and Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell will be asked to pound the rock for the Jets (6-7).

The difference maker in this game is New York's defense. Jake Locker could be running for his life from the Jets' defensive front, leaving him less time to find his only two semi-reliable targets, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.

The Jets have a chance to run the table if Mark Sanchez, or Greg McElroy if Sanchez is ineffective, can do just enough and the defense carries the team to wins over Tennessee, San Diego and Buffalo. The Titans are headed nowhere; the question is, do they roll over and show no fight or try to play spoiler to the Jets?

Tennessee is favored by one point, according to The Titans have had success on recent Monday night appearances, but the Jets have something to play for and are normally good for covering the spread.

New York watched their situation improve when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost. But they must now do their part.