Gamethread: New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals 12.2.12

Bilal Powell is able to run past Jerod Mayo to score his third touchdown of the year during the Jets' Thanksgiving night debacle.

Bilal Powell is able to run past Jerod Mayo to score his third touchdown of the year during the Jets’ Thanksgiving night debacle.

Who: New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – FOX, DirecTV – 707, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 94, Sirius XM – XM 227, Internet AudioAudio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, Kurt Warner was still playing in the league and Brett Favre led the Jets on a hobbled ankle. The first quarter began with a back and forth that resulted in no score however, the Jets blew the gates open in the second scoring on three Laveranues Coles touchdowns, a Darrelle Revis Pick Six and two Jay Feely field goals. The Cardinals were able to cut into New York’s lead in the third scoring 21 points courtesy of Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower. However, the Jets would not be denied their victory as each team scored three times in the fourth quarter to comfortably put away the Cardinals 56-35 with Favre tossing a career high six touchdowns, tying the record held by Joe Namath for most touchdowns in one game.

Injury Report

Jets: CB Aaron Berry (Quadriceps–Questionable), TE Jeff Cumberland (Wrist–Probable), NT Kenrick Ellis (Knee–Probable), WR Clyde Gates (Concussion–Doubtful), TE Dustin Keller (Illness–Probable), WR Jeremy Kerley (Heel/Hamstring/Illness–Probable), S LaRon Landry (Heel–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Thumb–Probable), RB/KR Joe McKnight (Ankle–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–Questionable), WR Chaz Schilens (Concussion/Hip–Probable), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Probable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), QB Tim Tebow (Ribs–Questionable), and CB Kyle Wilson (Illness–Probable).
Cardinals: S Justin Bethel (Shoulder–Probable), WR LaRon Byrd (Head–Questionable), DE Calais Campbell (Calf–Questionable), WR Early Doucet (Ribs–Questionable), QB Kevin Kolb (Ribs–Questionable), LS Mike Leach (Back–Probable), RB William Powell (Shoulder–Probable), S Kerry Rhodes (Back–Probable), WR Andre Roberts (Ankle–Questionable), and RB Beanie Wells (Knee–Questionable).

Jets: QB Tim Tebow, WR Clyde Gates, CB Aaron Berry, LB Ricky Sapp, DL Damon Harrison, G Caleb Schlauderaff, TE Hayden Smith
Cardinals: QB Kevin Kolb, WR Andre Roberts, RB Alfonso Smith, G Senio Kelemete, T Pat McQuistan, TE Todd Heap, DE Calais Campbell

Game Captains: T.B.A.

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So much for a sweet post-Thanksgiving dessert. Instead, the Jets received an embarassing thrashing on national television and what’s more is their starting quarterback became a YouTube sensation overnight for all the wrong reasons. If nothing else, this game was the epitome of the Jets’ season. They managed to keep New England in check before the flood gates opened and within a span of 52 seconds, the Jets who seemingly had a chance to compete soon found the game to be out of reach. What’s more is the entire saga involving Tebow’s broken ribs that came out of this and the coaches and players were clearly edgy and combative in the days after, particularly with the media which has done the team no favors. And so, the Jets now sit at 4-7, their playoff chances all but gone, and we’re just praying they can beat the Cardinals.

They always say hindsight is 20/20 and in retrospect there were a lot of decisions not just this year but in past years that could have changed the landscape and quite possibly prevented this but now it’s happened, we have to take our lumps and hope for the best despite what appears to be a rigid salary cap situation in 2013. Obviously following last Thursday, while a win wouldn’t cure all, it would again certainly help the Jets whose morale seems to be lowering by the second. The Cardinals have had a similar season only they have managed to play musical quarterbacks and now find themselves with Ryan Lindley at the helm. What was once a promising season has quickly disappeared and like the Jets, they too are looking for answers.

It’s tough to get excited about the Jets given their inconsistent play on the field but that being said, when both teams have similar records and similar issues, it’s in the realm of possibility that we may have a game on our hands.