Gamethread: New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills 12.30.12

Jeremy Kerley attempts a pass out of the Wildcat in the Jets' loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Jeremy Kerley attempts a pass out of the Wildcat in the Jets’ loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Who: New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Media: TV – CBS, DirecTV – 710, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 148, Sirius XM – XM 229, Internet AudioAudio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, little did we know we’d witness one of the last complete team performances in 2012. Coming off a preseason where Greg McElroy had managed to score the Jets’ only touchdown, the Jets’ offense looked to get off to a quick start. It started off well enough as the Jets managed to advance to their own 47 yard line before Sanchez found a blue jersey instead of Jeff Cumberland on a short pass. The defense, specifically Revis Island, would come through as Revis picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick a few plays later. Set up at their own 39 yard line, the Jets got back to work with Sanchez finding Kerley on a 21 yard throw to drive the Jets down the field … the duo connected in the end zone on a 12 yard toss. This would set the tone for the rest of the game as the Jets went on to score 14 straight points on a touchdown to Stephen Hill and a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown by Kerley. Buffalo managed to sneak a touchdown in before halftime behind a 56 yard breakaway run by C.J. Spiller but the Jets added two field goals before the end of the first half to secure a 27-7 lead. New York continued their onslaught against Buffalo as Antonio Cromartie ran 40 yards for a touchdown after intercepting Fitzpatrick while Stephen Hill connected with Sanchez again from 17 yards out. The Bills would try, in vain, to get back into the game as they scored 21 unanswered points before the Jets put the nail in the coffin with a 1 yard Shonn Greene run for a touchdown. The Jets won 48-28.

Injury Report

Jets: CB Aaron Berry (Hamstring–Out), TE Jeff Cumberland (Ankle/Wrist–Probable), WR Braylon Edwards (Hamstring/Knee–Questionable), NT Kenrick Ellis (Knee–Probable), K Nick Folk (Back–Probable), TE Dustin Keller (Ankle–Out), S LaRon Landry (Heel/Hamstring–Probable), CB Ellis Lankster (Concussion–Out), P Robert Malone (Illness–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Shoulder–Probable), QB Greg McElroy (Abdomen/Concussion–Doubtful), LB Garrett McIntyre (Elbow–Probable), RB/KR Joe McKnight (Ankle/Illness–Probable), G Brandon Moore (Foot/Hip–Probable), LB Calvin Pace (Shoulder–Probable), NT Sione Po’uha (Low Back–Probable), RB Bilal Powell (Shoulder/Toe–Probable), QB Mark Sanchez (Low Back–Probable), LB Ricky Sapp (Ankle–Probable), WR Chaz Schilens (Knee–Out), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Probable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), QB Tim Tebow (Ribs–Probable), LB Bryan Thomas (Chest–Doubtful), and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Concussion/Knee–Probable).

Bills: DE Mark Anderson (Knee–Out), LB Nick Barnett (Knee–Probable), S Jairus Byrd (Ankle–Probable), TE Chandler Scott (Knee–Out), TE/FB Dorin Dickerson (Ankle–Probable), WR Marcus Easley (Hamstring–Probable), G Andy Levitre (Knee–Probable), WR Ruvell Martin (Non-Football–Unknown), CB Justin Rogers (Foot–Probable), S Da’Norris Searcy (Groin–Out), RB C. J. Spiller (Shoulder–Probable), LB Chris White (Hamstring–Probable), DE Mario Williams (Wrist–Probable), DT Kyle Williams (Ankle–Probable), and C Eric Wood (Knee–Probable).

Inactives

Jets: QB Greg McElroy, CB Ellis Lankster, LB Bryan Thomas, C Caleb Schlauderaff, TE Dustin Keller, and WR Chaz Schilens. (Note: The Jets only have six inactives because there are only 52 players on the active roster).

Bills: QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR Kevin Elliott, S Da’Norris Searcy, OL Keith Williams, DL Jay Ross, OL Chris Scott, and DE Mark Anderson.

Game Captains: OG Brandon Moore, DL Mike DeVito, CB Darrin Walls, OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and WR Jordan White.

Links: TJB Chat || Preview || Intel Report || NFL.com Game Center || Jets @ Bills Game Release || TJB on Twitter

Post Scriptum: The password to the chatroom is case-sensitive and must be entered as shown: massexodus

Even when the season is lost, the Jets refuse to go down with grace. It’s a battleground to the end and this past week encapsulated that very much so. Between McElroy hiding his concussion symptoms, anonymous sources angering the masses and a fanbase desperately ready for change, to say it’s been an emotionally draining experience would be a gross understatement.

So, we get to see the perhaps final appearance of both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in a Jets uniform along with a handful of other players who are unlikely to return next season. There isn’t much to be said. Obviously, over the course of his career, Sanchez has had mostly positives performances against Buffalo but he’s seemingly lost any confidence he had left since their meeting at the beginning of the season. We’ll see what happens but I’m not going to have any expectations, good or bad, because there is just so much unknown at this point that to venture a guess would be foolish.

The only thing the Jets have left is pride so hopefully they can end this disastrous season on a positive note … there will be plenty of time for the firestorm to overcome the organization tomorrow and beyond. Good luck to all the coaches and Jets out there appearing in their final game with New York and a special thanks and good luck to special teams guru Mike Westhoff. We’ll miss you Westy!