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Bears Order Up Cold, Windy Weather for Jets

Posted by Randy Lange on December 26, 2010 – 12:06 pm

They’ve peeled the tarp off the floor of Soldier Field, revealing the grass field that’s in fairly good shape for the Jets-Bears game that’s about to be played on it.

Snow fell lightly in the neighborhood last night, leaving some thin residue here and there in the proud stadium on the shores of Lake Michigan, but except for a few flurries, it’s expected only cloudy, cold (30 degrees) and gusty (13-26 mph winds) in the Windy City. It’s not like the weather back home at the moment, just your normal welcome to Chicago.

The 10-4 Jets want to wrap up a playoff berth today and avoid a win-and-they’re-in scenario next week at home against Buffalo. They can do that by beating the 10-4 Bears or by a Jaguars home loss to Washington (1 p.m. ET kickoff) or a Colts road loss in Oakland (4:05 kickoff). They’ll take any of the three, but a win over the brawny Bears would be the most satisfying.

But the Bears, who have already clinched an NFC playoff berth, still want to nail down their conference’s No. 2 seed, so they’ve got a bit to play for as well. And their fearsome front seven will want to get after Mark Sanchez.

The Jets QB suffered a sore right shoulder on a hard takedown sack by James Farrior late in the first quarter of the win at Pittsburgh. He was limited in practice all three days this week but he finally threw well on Friday and head coach Rex Ryan proclaimed him probable for today’s game.

Sanchez has not yet come out to warm up, while backups Mark Brunell and Kellen Clemens have. Does that mean anything? We’ll let you know how Sanchez looks when the full team comes out.

Update: 12:10 p.m.: Sanchez jogged out onto the field with Brunell and Clemens at 12:07 ET, jogged the length of the field and half of it back. He was flexing and rotating his shoulder, nothing extreme, and is now soft-tossing with Braylon Edwards along the Jets’ sideline. His motion seems fine.

Inactives

The Jets inactives today are S Eric Smith, LB Jamaal Westerman, T Damien Woody, DT Jarron Gilbert, TE Jeff Cumberland, DT Trevor Pryce and DL Matt Kroul. Dwight Lowery will get his second start at safety in place of Smith, who made progress in practice this past week but is still sidelined with a concussion.

The Bears inactives: S Craig Steltz, CB Joshua Moore, RB Kahlil Bell, G Herman Johnson, OL Edwin Williams, TE Desmond Clark and DT Marcus Harrison. Caleb Hanie has been designated the third QB. Starting SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa is active but has been replaced in the starting lineup by Nick Roach.

Gameday Captains

Ryan’s gameday captains are CB Marquice Cole, G Brandon Moore, DT Sione Pouha, FB Tony Richardson and RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

Uniforms

The Jets will be in their white jerseys and white pants for the second straight week and the 10th time this season. They’re 7-2 in double whites in 2010 and 13-4 in the combo in two seasons under Ryan

Referee

Walt Coleman is today’s referee. This is Coleman’s 17th Jets game as referee. His first was the Game 8 home win over the Dolphins in 1995. His most recent was last year’s Game 6 home overtime loss to the Bills.

In the Booth

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have followed the Jets from Pittsburgh to Chicago and will call today’s game for CBS. It’s the first time the Eye Network’s “A” team have worked back-to-back Jets games since last year’s playoff games at San Diego and Indianapolis and the last time in the regular season since the first two games of the 2008 season.


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19 Responses to “Bears Order Up Cold, Windy Weather for Jets”

  1. By Justin on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    well not looking good of course…Only 1st qt..alot of game left…well see….Lets Go Skins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    This game was there for the taking except for lets all say it together no pass rush and a secondary that can’t stop any one 3 TDs for 25+ in third 1/4 alone and still had a chance .. Lets hear how its schotty fault on why we can’t catch passes or defend them either . I won’t blame anyone for this lose they played there hearts out we just don’t have the big guns we need to win these types of games

  3. By Tom Spicer on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Where is the pass D it is garbage! We get no pass rush & besides Revis our DB’S can not cover anyone. Last year we gave up 8 passing TD’S this year we already have gave up 24 that is more than 3 TIMES what we did last year DO THE MATH! 2 OUT OF OUR LAST 4 GAMES 45 & 38 POINTS GARBAGE!

  4. By Damone on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KYLE WILSON.WE MUST HAVE MISSED ON HIM BIG TIME!!

  5. By scjoe on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    I still refuse to use the SOJ label, but I will say that in typical Jets fashion, when the offense comes up with it’s best effort of the year the defense and STs comes up with their worse canceling it out. What happened to this defense? Once again a slow, sluggish, undisciplined, first quarter. So much for that “start fast” logic we have been hearing. But we still could avoid that “backing in” idea with a win next week.

  6. By cheps13 on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    WE NEED A PASS RUSH!!!!!!!!……..CANT DEPEND ON BLITZ ALL THE TIME WHERES PRYCE WILL HE BE READY FOR PLAYOFFS!!!!……..WE MISS BIG JENKS!!!!!………AT THIS POINT GREENE SHOULD BE POUNDING BALL SHOTTY????????????

  7. By Tom Spicer on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Also the run D last week 99 yards this week 113 & to Matt Forte MATT FORTE! Are you kidding me!

  8. By Christopher on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Well in typical Jets fashion we back into the playoffs, although at least it happened before the last week of the season. Great game, the fake punt did us in.

  9. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    The only thing you’ve said all day that makes much sense, MJV, is that we don’t have the big guns to win these kinds of games. But it’s typical of you that you “won’t blame anyone” who’s really to blame, like Smith on that incredibly crucial drop on the fake punt. Then again, anyone who thinks that guy should come off the bench to play QB in Week 15 is at least slightly out of touch with the real world, so why should I expect him to show any integrity in terms of which players he favors and which he doesn’t? I favor the whole team and if it means changing players after a reasonable amount of time, that’s fine with me.

  10. By scjoe on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    The fake punt debacle was the turning point of the game, no doubt, it started the landslide, my question is, why do you leave Sanchez in for that play? The Bears had to know what was coming with him in the alignment. Why not put Smith in that spot? I am beginning to have second thoughts about all these distractions not effecting the play on the field. The defense looked horrible, the ST looked just as bad on both sides of the ball, and the drops and fumbles, and turnovers continue as well. Think maybe the distractions are beginning to rear their ugly head?

  11. By Ray on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    EX get off it, if you want to complain about being ripped unfairly then have the guts to show the same respect. Just because Schotty got ripped (deservedly so) last week, doesn’t mean every time we lose he will be blamed no matter what. You made a good point about the D line, but then followed up with a weak apology incase anyone tried to blame Schotty. He wasn’t the problem today, but believe me if he costs us a game in the future I won’t hesitate to put a bullseye on his back.

  12. By GaryC on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    it is not that we don’t have big guns on offense, we have to many little guns on defense.to jet fan tom. do you think McCourty can play for the Jets.It is embarassing that we could not get more pressure on that offensive line.Forte runs for 100 yards.Age of this defense is showing now.

  13. By Damone on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Randy,can you or ANYBODY else give me some information on our FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK Kyle Wilson?Why has he been rarely seen?!

  14. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Tom64 guess we won’t hear about the fumble by your favorite MVP #10 I believe cost us the game Bears scored on the very next play we lost by 4 points just in case you wanted to be honest fair and balanced but we know you won’t you’ll blame schotty for the loss . I can’t blame any1 player or coach for this loss secondary and lack of a pass rush is what lost the game and dropped passes

  15. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    MJV, stop the broken record act, like Ray says. If you read all my posts you read that I called Holmes’ fumble bad along with all those other O mistakes, including Smith’s. But it’s WAY crazy to try to pin a loss like this on any one player, as even you say a sentence later! scjoe, I think those distractions have been costing us all along, which is why I’d rather not break up Sanchez’s learning curve with these stupid trick plays one of which, by the way, was the one on which Holmes fumbled. GaryC, I don’t say McCourty won’t be a good player, I say it’s too early to give up on a guy we refuse to play named Wilson.

  16. By GaryC on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    To jet fan tom, yes I am only busting your chops a little bit on McCourty but it is funny how some teams get more out of a player than others ie, woodhead.If wilson was on pats he might be playing as well as McCourty.Maybe it is time that Pettine is taking to task about getting nothing from Wilson this year.

  17. By GaryC on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    to scjoe, what are you saying, beating the bills next week who will be thinking about their vacations will avoid the backing in to the playoff talk.you have a better argument saying the jets win against steelers earned them the playoff spot.cmon, man.

  18. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, GaryC, I knew what you meant, it’s hard to nail the right comeback in email posts sometimes. I also know that while to some it’ll sound like beating a dead horse, I have this eerie suspicion that if Sanchez was traded to a team with a more basic, less byzantine OC, he might very quickly get over most of his developmental problems and start playing a lot better. (I don’t go quite so far as the guy who posted that if we cut Gholston he might end up an All-Pro on the Pats.)

  19. By scjoe on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    GaryC…What I am saying is, if you go 11-5 and you beat the teams that they put on your schedule, you go 4-2 in your division and 9-3 in your conference, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE should accuse you of “backing in” to the playoff’s.

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