Open Thread: Week 12 Sunday Games

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With the Jets kicking off on Monday night in Detroit, here’s some of the Sunday games I’ll be paying close attention to:

Lions at Patriots — The Lions have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season and will get tested by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.  Look to see how the defensive line of Detroit can harry Brady and stop the runners and if their lightning in a bottle secondary can slow down Gronk.

Cardinals at Seahawks — The Cardinals have the best record in football but are playing in Seattle after losing their starting quarterback two weeks ago.  Can Drew Stanton shock the world with a win against Seattle and the 12th Man?

Dolphins at Broncos — The Dolphins have been one of the AFC’s better teams this season and will face one of their stiffest tests against a very complete Broncos who happens to be coming off a trap game loss to the surging Rams and might be looking to take out their frustrations against Miami.

Quote: Don’t look back

“Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to watch them when they’re playing. When they’re clicking on all cylinders, they’re a tough football team. They got the right pieces…. Emmanuel Sanders is playing well in my spot, so to speak. Sometimes, you know, it’s tough to see all the success.

“But that’s football. It’s going to go in swings. Who says we can’t be a great football team? We got to obviously do some right things to get there, but I’m happy for Peyton and Demaryius (Thomas). I respect them so much. They’re all good friends, so I like to see them do well, but sometimes it’s hard.”

– Eric Decker on Denver’s success in 2014

Scalpers seek up to $125 for Bills-Jets tickets in Detroit

Only minutes after the Detroit Lions made available free tickets for the Bills-Jets game, fans who had waited in line were being turned away at the Ford Field box office in Detroit.

While the team had planned to distribute tickets from 10AM to 3PM today, fans scooped up 500 tickets within 10 minutes of the line opening.

Scalpers who were at the front of the line looked to flip their tickets to those who were turned away outside the stadium.

One industrious man was apparently seeking $125 per ticket.

“This ain’t a free game, man,” one scalper told Mike Rodak. (ESPN Buffalo, 11/23)

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While it was nice of the NFL to give out free seats, it is amazing to me that only 500 made it past season ticket holders to get to the general public … it seems stingy, but it might have been more about limiting the secondary ticket market.

Selling free tickets to events is illegal in most states.  In the state of Michigan it is illegal to resell them over face value, therefore, even accepting pennies for one of these free tickets is technically illegal.

For that reason, it makes sense why the secondary ticket market sites like StubHub and the NFL Ticket Exchange have been dark.  The only places where tickets might be moving online seems to be Craigslist, but it looks as if moderators are flagging and taking down potential violators.  Ebay seems to be listing tickets too.

It might be that Ford Field will be a semi-empty place tomorrow night, but we would encourage you to stay tuned to any Detroit Lions news outlets.  This is JUST MY THEORY, but if you are trying to get into the game it might be that the Lions release more seats closer to the game to deter the illegal secondary ticket market that is clearly emerging.

Good luck if you are trying to get tickets to the game, but please be smart and be safe!

Link: Patience required with Pryor

Mark Cannizzaro writes for the New York Post that one shouldn’t be too quick to judge rookie safety Calvin Pryor:

Pryor, only 22 years old, seems like a rookie who gets it. Sure, he has made some mistakes this season, perhaps the most egregious of which was being late for some meetings, which triggered his benching. But he, too, has not been put in an ideal position to succeed by the Jets’ coaches.

That, however, has been a cause-and-effect to the Jets’ cornerback position being ravaged by injuries. That has forced the Jets to play a lot more zone than the man-to-man head coach Rex Ryan loves to employ, and has forced them to play Pryor deeper in the back end. That compromises his most aggressive and impressive trait — the ferocious hitting he did in college that earned him the nickname “Louisville Slugger.’’

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While Pryor has struggled to adjust to the NFL, he is still plenty talented and with better players around him he might not get as exposed as much as he has been this year.

That said, he still needs to learn to get better at technique like taking better angles at ballcarriers and understanding and communicating his role and responsibility within the scheme.  Pryor might be the “most talented” coverage player at safety this year for the Jets, but maybe the Jets should consider deploying Pryor much more regularly around the line of scrimmage and drop a veteran player like Jarrett back into a coverage roles.  It might seem counter intuitive, but based on the way Jarrett played last week and where Pryor might be more comfortable, the Jets should make the switch there before the season is out.

Tickets to Jets-Bills game in Detroit offered for free

After the Jets-Bills game was moved out of Buffalo due to seven feet of snow for a Monday night tilt in Detroit, the NFL has announced that they will be giving away free tickets free to interested fans.

“We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. “While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.”

Tickets will be available to Lions season-ticket holders first on Friday and then to the general public starting Saturday via the Detroit Lions’ website. Tickets also can be claimed at Ford Field on Sunday and Monday prior to the 7 p.m. ET game. All of the tickets are general admission seating.

The Lions also will host a 50/50 raffle Monday night with benefits going to the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Disaster Relief Fund.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

If you are a Jets fan in the Detroit area, this sounds like a great opportunity to go see your favorite team free of charge and, if you like contribute to a good cause that will benefit those affected by the storms in Western New York. 

Daily Links: Detroit Jet City?

  • Detroit will likely be rooting for the Jets. [NYDN]
  • The Jets are practicing indoors to prep for Ford Field. [USA Today]
  • Detroit is a much better venue for the Jets. [USA Today]
  • Will the Bills be ready for the Jets? [Democrat-Chronicle]
  • Bills fans will be heading to the game in Detroit. [AP]
  • The NFC South is pretty bad. [AP]
  • Could Harbaugh be the right fit for the Jets? [WCBS]