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Beautiful Day for a Battle with an Old Rival

Posted by Randy Lange on November 2, 2008 – 12:40 pm

Buffalo has been known for its bad weather over the years, but today looks like a beautiful day in the Western New York woods for a pivotal AFC East game between two long-time rivals.

The Jets and the Bills are warming up now for their 1 p.m. kickoff under bright sunlight and in mid-40-degree temperatures. The notorious winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium are coming and going. The wind strips on the goalposts are fluttering, the team flags atop the stadium whipping. The wind could play a part in this game, especially as the temps start to drop in the second half.

TE Chris Baker is loosening up in 7-on-7 drills and looks ready to go after his hip flareup kept him out of the Chiefs game. On the other hand, that injury came up shortly before kickoff so we’ll keep you posted.

On the other hand, TE Bubba Franks (hip) is inactive for the second game, LB David Harris (groin) didn’t even make the trip to Buffalo, and S Eric Smith’s concussion has him listed as IA as well.

David Bowens is expected to start for Harris on the inside. Rookie Dustin Keller and perhaps Robert Turner again will work alongside Baker at TE. And it looks as if Abram Elam will start alongside Kerry Rhodes at S, although David Barrett, inactive last week, is active for this one and you’ll remember he did start one game at S at San Diego.

Besides the injured players, the Jets’ inactive list includes K Mike Nugent, WR David Clowney, CB/KR Justin Miller and newly signed RB Marcus Mason. Brett Ratliff is the third QB for the eighth game this season.

Who else is active? S James Ihedigbo, just signed from the Jets’ practice squad, is up, as is veteran CB/S David Barrett, who was inactive last week, as is Jason Trusnik, the LB who had been on the PUP list since the start of training camp.

Buffalo’s inactives: RB Xavier Omon, CB Ashton Youboty, starting RG Brad Butler, T Demetrius Bell, starting WR Josh Reed, starting DE Aaron Schobel and DT John McCargo. Gibran Hamdan is the third QB.

The Bills’ announced lineup changes Duke Preston ahead of Melvin Fowler at C, Jason Whittle at RG, rookie James Hardy at WR and Ryan Denney at Schobel’s RDE spot.

The Jets are in their white jerseys and green pants today. They’ve lost four in a row in that combo, including two weeks ago at Oakland. But their last win in white/green was a big one, by 38-10 over Brett Favre and the Packers at Green Bay.

Ron Winter is the referee. It is Winter’s 10th game as the ref for a Jets game, beginning with the 44-6 rout of Indianapolis and then-rookie QB Peyton Manning at the Meadowlands in 1998. The Jets are 6-3 in those previous nine Winter games, including 2-1 when it’s Jets-Bills.

Kickoff is less than a half-hour away. It would be great to be able to say the Jets and the Bills are both 5-3 and, awaiting the outcome of New England’s game tonight at Indy, could be tied for first place in the division. We’ll see.

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7 Responses to “Beautiful Day for a Battle with an Old Rival”

  1. By Drew on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    Looking for a big day from Leon/TJ and Favre today. This game is a big reason why we got Favre and Mangini. Both need to have a good game today. I think both will show up. Look for Jenkins to control Lynch if not we might need Favre to be Favre and pull one out.

  2. By jak,ex packer fan new jet fan on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    well here in peoria il, cbs is airing vikings -texans instead of jets . a pair of 3-4 teams uugh. woulda been nice if it was the 70s ,and tarkenton was qb.
    tdays jet game will probably be good too. yes jets 5-3 go jets.sorry randy 4 being off the articles subject.

  3. By jet jeff on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    this defense is poor at best , I would never have traded vilma , or drafted gholston, we need different people making the personal desicions

  4. By gojets on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    Please consider benching Favre, CS. He’s obviously not playing 100% for whatever reason (injury? fatigue?). I can’t stand those errant, wobbly passes. Revis gave the O a present and they threw it away in a depressingly literal sense. Show me what Ratliff can do.

  5. By XAvion on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    Cut Drew Coleman, BEnch Smith for season Great play by Elam

  6. By mike ex jet fan on Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    Here’s.. My point about officiating how is it possible they missed the 2 defencive players were clearly still on the field after the ball was snapped .. What the heck is going on, every dam week something has 2 be done by the league .. What are we wearing tennis shoes out there again every1 falling all over the place.. Retraction on feely he stinks

  7. By Anonymous on Nov 3, 2008 | Reply

    Whats up with Justin Miller??? Will he ever play again this year? Toe injury?? Sounds like El Dugue.

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