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Pace on the Move Toward Eli, Giants

Posted by Andrew LeRay on December 22, 2011 – 5:00 pm

As Saturday quickly approaches, the Jets are looking forward to their Week 16 matinee. The bitter taste that remains from the crushing loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia will soon have a chance to be eliminated.

“The beauty of it is we get a chance to put it behind us quick,” said LB Calvin Pace. “This was the perfect week. It was a short week, we didn’t have to travel, everything lined up for us.”

Sunday’s performance was so disappointing, Pace said the team was not subjected to watching any video from Philadelphia. Some chose to watch it on their own time, but Pace had no need to relive the nightmare.

“We just have to keep moving,” said Pace. “It wasn’t anything I want to remember.”

All that concerns the Green & White right now is Big Blue. Come Saturday evening, one team’s season will be on life support. Combine the gravity of the game with the natural rivalry that accompanies two teams who share home digs, and you have the recipe for a unique day.

“It’s funny, this game here. You’ve got two home teams. When do you ever see that?” Pace said. “We just have to come out fast and throw their offense off their rhythm from the start.”

The Giants offense doesn’t shy away from its reputation as a vertical passing team. Their approach may fly in the face of those of past Giants teams, but they’re second in the NFL in yards per completion at 13.38, which is only 0.19 yards behind the Green Bay Packers.

Conversely, the Jets allow 12.52 yards per completion, 24th in the league.

“Watching them on film, you can tell when they start clicking, moving the ball, getting big chunk plays,” said Pace. “Typically, if you look at our season, that’s how we’ve been gashed, with big plays down the field. Darrelle [Revis] and those guys have to be on point, and up front we have to be good, too. It’s going to take all 11.”

Pace knows the threat QB Eli Manning and the Giants offense bring, but also knows his team is ready for the challenge.

“We just have to make him uncomfortable,” said Pace. “He’s just like his brother. If you let him sit back there clean, he’s the greatest ever. We’ll get him to move around a little bit and get some hands in his face.”

Injury Pictures

LB David Harris did not practice today due to a non-injury-related matter. Reports are that Harris is expected to become a father any day now. Head coach Rex Ryan said, “Yes, he’ll definitely play” on Saturday.

WR Santonio Holmes (hip) was added to the Jets’ list of limited players, now at five. DT Mike DeVito (knee) are S Eric Smith (knee) are expected to play, RB-KR Joe McKnight (elbow/shoulder) is “maybe a game-timer,” and CB Marquice Cole (knee) is “probably not looking that good” to play vs. the Giants.

Both ill Jets WRs, Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Kerley, were back out on the field and full-go during team drills.

For the Giants, their 11-man injury list has the same names, but one player went from limited in Wednesday’s practice to DNP today — RB Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants’ five other DNPs: TE Jake Ballard, LB Mark Herzlich, WR Mario Manningham, DE Osi Umenyiora and RB D.J. Ware.


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13 Responses to “Pace on the Move Toward Eli, Giants”

  1. By harry-o on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    curious…..
    can someone confirm this

    can the jets clinch the 6th play off spot with a win
    plus a Cinn, Oak, tenn losses ?

    it happened two weeks ago, which leaped frog the jets from #9 to #6

    perhaps lightning will strike twice in the same place, let’s hope so.

    GO _JETS !!!

  2. By Randy Lange on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    harry-o, not true. If Jets beat NYJ and lose to MIA while CIN loses to ARZ and beats BAL, the Jets and Bengals would both be 9-7 and the Bengals would win the conference tiebreaker, 7-5 to 6-6.

  3. By wayne on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    All the talking, I’m a little slow, but I understand Rex fully now….The is his trump card when the well runs dry. When he hasn’t used it his team has come short. So he has to play it at this point……Wouldn’t be ironic if the talk lifts a team Tom Coughlin hasn’t been able to get a rise out of in 3 years round this time…….

  4. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Nice job on this column, Andrew, but I wish Randy had collaborated with you on it because with his ear for rock songs circa about late ’60s/early ’70s, I’m sure that the title of this one woulda been, “Eli’s Coming — but Give Pace a Chance.”

  5. By Karan on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    I’m going to be honest here, I don’t see us winning this match. I hope my words backfire on me in this case.

  6. By IRA on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Even though i have lost a lot of confidence in this D this year i think after being taken to the cleaners last week they come into this game with a major attitude and play well enough to win. Difference in this game Kerley gets the 1st PR for a TD since Moss had one back in Pitt in 04 and the Jets win a tight game 27-23.
    Everybody have a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year!
    GO JETS!!!!!

  7. By GaryC on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Tom,I will call a truce for this game and hope Burress can actually have a big game against his former team,I actually like him more than his former team,If he and the jet team can’t take advantage of this secondary then jets don’t deserve playoffs, If Rex Grossman can cut them up then Sanchez can,if not there will be a lot of issues that need to be addressed.

  8. By GaryC on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Shotty, make us believe you are not we think you are,put mcknight in the slot,split keller, 4 wides, wake up and ATTACK.if you deserve this job show it and shove the ball down the giants throat.And please rex, if you win the coin toss accept the ball and show you are not running scared,try giving Sanchez some confidence.

  9. By IRA on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Karan,
    Keep the Faith!
    GaryC,
    They will only be able to take advatage of the Giants secondary if they establish the run and throw off of play action and that once again comes down to the OL. The OL MUST play their tails off!

  10. By GaryC on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I am hoping for shock value,If the giants see the jets open 4 wide, they might faint at the sight.

  11. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    That’s funny, GaryC, because I was about to post on the story ahead of this one (the one about Plax going to the next level), “Oh boy, I can’t wait to see what kind of fun GaryC has with the title of THIS one!”

  12. By Charliejet on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Merry Christmas, Happy and Safe New Year to all fans…. GO JETS…

    Who cares about “bragging rights” – get in the playoffs.

  13. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Ira, how’d you like the way the Giants “established the run” — by throwing a 99-yd TD and other long passes, then running once they had the lead! More teams are doing it that way now than the other way around, my friend, so I invite you to leave the NFL (and I mean that literally, i.e. I DON’T mean the AFL) of 1964 and enter present-day pro football reality along with at least some of us, if not Rex yet…

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