Who: New York Jets @ Jacksonville Jaguars
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Media: TV – CBS, DirecTV – 711, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 92, Sirius XM – XM 226, Internet Audio – Audio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, the Jets were just coming off their comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys and faced the visiting Jaguars quarterbacked by Luke McCown. From the start, the Jets were in the driver’s seat of this match-up as Rex Ryan decided to put his offense out on the field after winning the coin toss which would prove to be a wise decision as Sanchez and Co. drove down the field setting up a 17 yard Sanchez to Holmes hook up for six points. A short time later, rookie Muhammad Wilkerson recorded his first sack of his career–and what a way to start as he sacked McCown in his own end zone for a safety. Josh Scobee would score Jacksonville’s only points as the first quarter wound down however, the Jets wouldn’t look back from there on and despite being limited to two Nick Folk field goals in the second quarter, continued their offensive onslaught in the third with touchdowns from Dustin Keller and Shonn Greene. They would tack on another field goal in the fourth and win 32-3–it may have been even more had it not been for two Sanchez interceptions. McCown meanwhile was picked off four times by the Jets’ defense, including twice by Antonio Cromartie.
Jets: CB Aaron Berry (Quadriceps–Probable), TE Jeff Cumberland (Wrist–Probable), DE Mike DeVito (Shin–Probable), NT Kenrick Ellis (Knee/Back–Probable), WR Clyde Gates (Concussion–Out), NT Damon Harrison (Ankle–Doubtful), WR Stephen Hill (Knee–Questionable), FB Lex Hilliard (Finger–Probable), TE Dustin Keller (Ankle–Doubtful), WR Jeremy Kerley (Heel/Hamstring–Probable), S LaRon Landry (Heel–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Shoulder–Probable), RB/KR Joe McKnight (Ankle/Ribs–Probable), G Brandon Moore (Hip–Probable), LB Calvin Pace (Shoulder–Probable), NT Sione Po’uha (Low Back–Questionable), RB Bilal Powell (Shoulder–Probable), QB Mark Sanchez (Low Back–Probable), LB Ricky Sapp (Ankle–Probable), WR Chaz Schilens (Knee–Probable), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Probable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), and QB Tim Tebow (Ribs–Questionable).
Jaguars: DT Tyson Alualu (Calf–Probable), G/C Mike Brewster (Hand–Out), CB Derek Cox (Hamstring–Probable), RB Rashad Jennings (Concussion–Out), FB Greg Jones (Thigh–Probable), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Foot–Out), DE Austen Lane (Foot–Probable), DB Dwight Lowery (Foot–Probable), CB Rashean Mathis (Groin–Probable), C Brad Meester (Foot–Probable), CB Aaron Ross (Calf–Out), DE George Selvie (Concussion–Out), and WR Cecil Shorts III (Concussion–Out).
Jets: QB Greg McElroy, WR Jordan White, WR Clyde Gates, LB Ricky Sapp, DL Damon Harrison, OL Caleb Schlauderaff, and TE Dustin Keller.
Jaguars: RB Rashad Jennings, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, CB Aaron Ross, G/C Mike Brewster, DE John Chick, WR Cecil Shorts, and DE George Selvie.
Game Captains: QB Tim Tebow and S LaRon Landry.
Post Scriptum: The password to the chatroom is case-sensitive and must be entered as shown: therealmcelroy
Well that was unexpected. After weeks of public unrest over Mark Sanchez’s quarterback skills, or lack thereof, Ryan reached his boiling point. When Sanchez threw three interceptions against a Cardinals defense that has been fairly adept at defending the pass but not the run, Ryan turned to his third option with Tebow out, Greg McElroy. The cheers for the Alabama product started early following Sanchez’s disastrous opening drive interception and from then on Sanchez was routinely booed and the chants for McElroy grew louder and louder until the stadium erupted in euphoria as Sanchez was benched for the first time in his career. Sure enough, McElroy did just enough for the Jets to win as he drove them down the field with assistance from a suddenly rejuvenated offensive line and run game and was able to find back-up tight end Jeff Cumberland wide open on flick pass to give the Jets a 7-6 lead they would retain for the remainder of the fourth quarter.
After a few minutes of sobering up, it didn’t take long for the media to advertise the latest headline from Florham Park: Quarterback Controversy. Ryan managed to keep everyone in the dark until Wednesday when Sanchez was given his starting position back…for the moment. It was quite obvious that amongst the fanbase this was an unpopular move given Sanchez’s history however, there are members of the media who have agreed that this should be Sanchez’s last stand of sorts to see how he responds to holding a clipboard. Mark’s chances are almost certainly in his favor to keep the job given the team he will be playing against in the Jaguars whose defense has been absolutely pitiful. It should be an easy victory but, that’s easier said than done especially when it’s in Sanchez’s M.O. to play great football when and where he wants to, if it all that is.
There will be a lot to look for in today’s game given the implications it could have on the future of many people within the organization. Of course the sad reality of it all is that we as fans are just hoping that the Jets will be able to beat a 2-10 team never mind looking a few short weeks ahead.
Update: Greg McElroy’s inactive?! Pardon me while I fall on the floor. *faints* The beat reporters in Jacksonville have all Tweeted that there was little zip on Tebow’s throws in warm-ups but apparently he will be the next man up with Greg deactivated for reasons I myself cannot fully comprehend but then again, I suppose we really shouldn’t be surprised: It’s Tebow’s homecoming and I’m sure the coaching staff is banking on Sanchez carving up the Jaguars’ defense. Risky gamble.
Update II: According to the Jets’ twitter account, the plan was to have all the quarterbacks active but Joe McKnight developed migraines and thus they activated Kahlil Bell. So, McKnight’s back-up is activated because he has a migraine but Tebow’s isn’t when he’s clearly not 100%? #JetsLogic