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.”
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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