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Jets’ Corners Out for Rainy Game vs. TEN

Posted by Randy Lange on September 27, 2009 – 12:06 pm

Today is the game in which you can’t tell the teams without a scorecard.

The Jets are wearing their Titans of New York throwback uniforms, the navy jerseys and gold pants in which they’ve posted three consecutive victories. And the Tennessee Titans will be wearing their throwback Houston Oilers white road uniforms with the powder blue piping and helmets.

It’s all a part of the NFL’s ongoing AFL 50th Anniversary celebration. And the Jets would love to put a once-in-a-half-century hurtin’ on the Titans to improve to 3-0, send Tennessee, and continue into next week’s Big Easy showdown at New Orleans with a head of steam.

To do that, the Jets will have to slow down the Titans offense, led by RB Chris Johnson. And perhaps Mother Nature has helped in that regard. It’s still raining at the Meadowlands, has been since about 9 o’clock Saturday night. Randy’s radar (as opposed to Randy’s Radar) is indicating the rain could end sometime in the first half.

The FieldTurf here drains well, of course, but it can’t be close to the home track that enabled Johnson to erupt for 197 rushing yards, 284 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in the three-point loss to the Texans.

The Jets will also have to contain the visitors’ offense, QB’d by Kerry Collins, without the services of starting CB Lito Sheppard (quad) and nickelback Donald Strickland (ankle). The two have been deactivated today, which means that head coach Rex Ryan, coordinator and the defense shifts to Plan PD, which will have Dwight Lowery, one of the supporting stars of the win over New England, starting for Sheppard and Drew Coleman coming in on the nickel for Strickland.

Here is the Jets’ full inactive list: QB Kevin O’Connell, Sheppard and Strickland, LB Jamaal Westerman, G Matt Slauson, DE Ropati Pitoitua and WR David Clowney. Erik Ainge returns to his season-opener role as the Jets’ designated third QB.

And here is the Titans’ IA list: P Craig Hentrich, LB Stanford Keglar, OL Troy Kropog, TE Bo Scaife (limited at practice on Thursday and Friday), WR Lavelle Hawkins, DT Sen’Derrick Marks and former Jets DE Dave Ball. For the Tennessee offense, Leroy Harris will start for injured Eugene Amano at LG and Alge Crumpler will start for Scaife at TE.

The Jets’ captains have also been designated for this game. Coming out for the opening coin toss will be RB Thomas Jones, S Jim Leonhard, Ainge and LB Ryan Fowler, who played in 30 games with 17 starts in 2007-08 for the Titans.

Presiding over that coin toss is Mike Carey, refereeing his 15th Jets game since he became an NFL ref in 1995. His first Jets game as referee was the 1995 loss at Carolina — the Bubby Brister "Shovel Pass Game," when the Jets went up against then-rookie starting QB Kerry Collins — and his most recent Jets game was last year’s win at Miami in Brett Favre’s only season opener as the Jets’ QB.

Will the fans be cheering at the Meadowlands today as they did in last week’s 16-9 triumph over the Patriots? The weather is likely to produce a few more empty seats, and the Titans aren’t the Pats. But perhaps today’s hardy bunch of spectators will surprise and make a significant contribution to a second home victory for Ryans’ Jets this season. We’ll know beginning in about an hour.

As usual, Eric Allen will be moderating our CoveritLive chat on newyorkjets.com beginning shortly before kickoff. I’ll be providing tweets on the chat and on the Jets’ Twitter page throughout the game. And EA, Kyle Richardson and I will be reporting on the game from the Jets’ locker room in the hours after the game.

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16 Responses to “Jets’ Corners Out for Rainy Game vs. TEN”

  1. By Alan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Man i love Sanchize, I know that Pick was an overthrown ball, but it still hit stuckey’s Hands. Who said J-Co wasnt a #1 Reciever? He made a “Pro-Bowl” corner look like a Rookie (Cortland Finnegan). and Who Would of thought, a Rookie QB would run for more TD’s then Thomas Jones, and Chris Johnson combined?

  2. By jak_jetfan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    tenn wanted this game bad..and i thought theyd win .NOW THIS IS A TEAM REX HAS COACHED INTO TOUGHNESS.SANCHEZ IS DOING GREAT ECT.

  3. By scjoe on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Well, no one ever said they are all going to be easy. Like they say, a win is a win is a win. Once again Leonard shows up big, on the field, and as a punt returner, he has to be leading the league in PR yards I would think. Said it before, I will say it again, running game still not there. The INT off Stucky’s hands shows need still, for a big WR, that would have been first down, game over!

  4. By Mike Mc on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Let me pull a “SPICER” on you guys, told you “it never rains in Southern California, & Mikey Mc tried to warn ya” Wet ball & cold will tame Sanchize, so buckle up. I’ll take the win. I’m very proud of this squad.

  5. By Ray on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    An ugly win is still a win. Was surprised they went right at Revis all day and had pretty decent success. Collins was very sharp for the most part because Revis couldn’t have covered much better and he still got it in there. Running game is nowhere to be found, we better find it soon. Wonder if anyone outside our little world has heard of David Harris yet?

  6. By Row on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Mc, I’ve been trying to say that all season. I’m really worried at how easily they took away the run and put the ball in Sanchez’ hands. I am not happy with his play, and if you take a look at the stats, they might be efficient, but not worth what we gave up for him. Leon is being played like he’s not going to be here next year. I hope things change, or teams will force pass. Go Jets

  7. By MIKE on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Great win for the green and white. Sanchez keeps his composure better than any rookie I’ve ever seen other than, I hate saying it, Tom Brady. Harris is a monster with this D. Keep VG off the field,every big play against is when its in his direction. Jenkins played great bringing down Johnson in the backfield more than once. Cotchery has proved to everyone we have a #1 WR on this team.

  8. By Jim G on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    JETS need a BIG time RB… anyone ever hear of a guy called LJ? Trade for LJ and with the JETS offensive line, Sanchez won’t have so much pressure on him!

  9. By Ray on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Wait a minute here!! Is Row and Spicer the same person?? Is this a case of multiple personalities? How many others might there be? I’ll have to go back and see if you’ve been arguing with yourself!

  10. By Ray on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    MIKE, Brady wasn’t a rookie when he took over in NE. He didn’t get to play much, but at least he was able to get a couple preseasons and some practice at the NFL level under his belt.

  11. By MIKE on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I disagree on the running game. The reason why we haven’t been able to run the ball is cause every team gears up to stop the run. The pats and Titans both used lots of run blitzes. Teams are forcing Sanchez to make plays and he is. When Shotty puts him in the shot gun on first down they look great but there are not forcing him to be an All Pro. Besides, Greene is waiting for his chance.

  12. By Jeremy on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Shotty’s play calling is exactly that-Shotty! How many times can you run up the middle for 2 yards on 1st down? It’s insane to think you can keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The 1 time they threw on first down it resulted in a first down! Shotty needs to step it up-it’s way too predictable and very frustrating to watch!

  13. By JETS 4LIFE on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    great win yesterday, it got a little shaky there for a bit but they pulled it together. hey where is this ground and pound running game ? if not for sanchez keeping his cool and the defense bailing us out we would be in trouble lets go JONES what happened to this guy? no where out there. tthey need to work on the run game. to much on sanchez and the throws can bite us in the long run.great win 3-0

  14. By scjoe on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Jim G…Is that LJ you are referring to Larry Johnson (KC) or Larry Jackson (St.L)? I wouldn’t mind seeing Jackson in green and white, but not Johnson. I know that all of us as Jet fans would like to “tweak” the roster a bit, but all and all, they are doing pretty well, I believe things will get better rather then worse, barring any major injuries.

  15. By Jim G on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    SCJOE: Larry Johnson -KC, LJ is a good kid, money and fame got to him a bit, but I’m sure his Dad’s influence (actually both his parents) helped get him straight. The excitement NY brings for a big time RB to support Sanchez, and the option to use LJ in various screens will slow run bltzes real fast!

  16. By leach on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Jets baby J E T S jets

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