It’s almost time for the Jets’ homecoming. We don’t mean that as a knock toward the Lions, who are playing well at home. But the Jets have any number of Detroit hometown connections, as we mentioned during the week.
Bart Scott was welcomed to gameday this morning with a feature at the top of the front page of the Detroit Free Press sports section. And Vernon Gholston, also born in Detroit, should be ready to be shot out of a cannon in less than an hour. He’s been announced as getting the start at DT.
Braylon Edwards, Calvin Pace, David Harris and Eric Smith, as previously noted, all have ties either to Detroit or Michigan and should be ready to be rock and roll as well. Every little bit will help since the Lions are one of the best 2-5 teams since the 1970 merger, if their plus-18 point margin is a good indicator.
Ford Field is an interesting place. Wayne Chrebet described it as a factory in his Thursday blog, but that’s not a knock, either. The place was designed to resemble the best of the Detroit-area architecture. It has a fieldhouse/warehouse feel with a boxy configuration of its seats. High translucent white glass rises up from the top of the walls, and a white material resembling canvas or plastic is draped across the ceiling among the steel girders, giving the stadium the feel of a “bubble,” even though the canvas hangs beneath a hard roof.
That could be another reason the Jets will feel a little at home today. Head coach Rex Ryan held their last two practices of the week in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center fieldhouse, which has a similar feel (on a much smaller basis) to Ford Field. Music echoed off the walls in New Jersrey much as it is echoing now in the Lions’ den.
Jets fans can only hope these are all good signs for the Green & White, especially the offense, which put together a streak of 10 consecutive quarters with at least one touchdown in Games 2-4 but now wants strongly to end its current streak of four straight scoreless frames.
The Jets’ inactive list for this game is identical to their IAs for Green Bay: RB Joe McKnight, LB Jamaal Westerman, OL Vlad Ducasse, TE Jeff Cumberland and D-linemen Jarron Gilbert, Marcus Dixon and Matt Kroul. Kellen Clemens is the third QB for the eighth game this season.
The Lions’ IAs include RB Aaron Brown, S C.C. Brown, LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, T Jason Fox, C Cody Wallace and DEs Willie Young and Lawrence Jackson. Shaun Hill is the third QB. C.C. Brown will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Amari Spievey.
Today’s referee is Al Riveron. If you don’t recognize the name, that may be because he’s only presided over one other Jets game since becoming a NFL referee. That was Game 5 last year at Miami.
Tags: Bart Scott, Detroit Lions, Ford Field, Vernon Gholston
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