Gamethread: New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers 12.23.12

Braylon Edwards hauls in a pass from Mark Sanchez in his return debut to New York during the Jets' 10-14 loss to the Titans.

Braylon Edwards hauls in a pass in his first game after re-signing with the Jets during New York’s 10-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Who: New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – CBS, DirecTV – N/A, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 94, Sirius XM – XM 227, Internet AudioAudio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, the Jets were looking to pick up a win at home and get a game over .500 after some early struggles against the likes of the Raiders, Ravens and Patriots. The game did not start well when Chargers linebacker Donald Butler ripped a ball from Dustin Keller’s hands and scampered 37 yards for a score. The Jets responded with a 35 yard Folk field goal however, the Chargers again vexed New York’s defense with Rivers finding Antonio Gates on a quick 2 yard touchdown. The Jets responded by driving down the field with Sanchez hitting Plaxico Burress on a 3 yard touchdown. The Chargers put some distance between themselves and the Jets on a Mike Tolbert 1 yard run just before halftime, their final score of the day. In the third both teams played very good defense however, the Jets would eventually prevail offensively as Sanchez again found Burress in the end zone on a short 4 yard pass with a little under three minutes remaining in the corner. With the Chargers nursing a four point lead, the Jets again found success in the fourth quarter as Sanchez found Burress for his third and final touchdown of the day on another short 3 yard pass. From thereon, it was a defensive battle as the Jets tried to hang on to their three point lead. They added another Folk 30 yard field goal. Up by six, the Chargers still had a chance to comeback however, Rivers would throw two incomplete passes on third and fourth down to ice the Jets’ 27-21 victory.

Injury Report

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

Chargers: RB Ronnie Brown (Hamstring–Probable), LB Donald Butler (Groin–Probable), T Jeromey Clary (Knee–Probable), DT Aubrayo Franklin (Knee–Doubtful), G Tyronne Green (Hamstring–Probable), WR/KR Eddie Royal (Hamstring–Probable), LB Takeo Spikes (Hamstring–Probable), and LB Demorrio Williams (Ankle–Questionable).

Inactives

Jets: WR Mardy Gilyard, CB Aaron Berry, CB Donnie Fletcher, LB Ricky Sapp, NT Damon Harrison, OL Caleb Schlauderaff, and TE Dustin Keller.

Chargers: RB Edwin Baker, LB Jonas Mouton, LB Demorrio Williams, T Stephen Schilling, WR Mike Willie, DT Aubrayo Franklin, and TE Ladarius Green.

Game Captains: QB Greg McElroy, LB Garrett McIntyre, CB Antonio Cromartie, P Robert Malone, and S Antonio Allen.

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It’s all about pride. As much as people don’t want to hear it because of their want for a higher draft pick or simply because they’re fed up, this is where the tale of the 2012 New York Jets has led us: playing for pride against a lowly 5-9 Chargers squad. It certainly hasn’t been the ideal season but it’s the reality we have to deal with and one that may ultimately benefit the team in the near future because we all know change is coming. It already started after the game against Tennessee in which Rex Ryan announced Greg McElroy the starter. While he hasn’t committed to McElroy beyond today, it seems to be a safe bet that we’ll see him start in Buffalo. Of course the hope is that, with Tebow certainly gone next season and Mark Sanchez either gone or benched, the coaches don’t play cute and actually let McElroy throw the ball a couple of times instead of running every down to show us and them what he has because he very well could be the Jets’ quarterback on opening day in 2013.

These last couple of weeks will be the hardest because we’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop following the Sanchez demotion but, for the majority of these guys in the locker room they will locked in on San Diego today and Buffalo next Sunday. All eyes will be on the offense for the most part as they look to see if Greg McElroy can spark some sort of life in this listless offense while not turning the ball over multiple times…or running into his lineman’s ass for that matter. However, defensively, while the pass defense has managed to oddly thrive without Darrelle Revis, their run defense has been atrocious at times and there really is no need to look further than Chris Johnson’s 94 yard run on Monday night. The Chargers have been plagued by injuries all across the board including running back where Ryan Mathews has just recently broke his left collarbone after breaking the right side in the preseason. Although there are some that think neither team would play that hard with nothing to gain, at the end of the day they’re professional football teams and thrive on competition. So unless our team is harboring a bunch of Lomas Browns we don’t know about the notions of tanking are out of the question.