Here are today’s pregame tweets for the Jets-Cardinals game at MetLife Stadium, in case you missed them on Twitter. Follow Bob Wischusen, Eric Allen and me for our tweets during each Jets game on https://twitter.com/nyjets.
#RL Foggy day in East Rutherford town for Jets-Cards at MetLife Stadium. Forecast for game: partly cloudy, temps low 50s, light wind.
#RL Jets, Cards have played 7 times previously. Jets lead series 5-2, winning last 5 games (78, 96, 99, 04, 08) by average score of 27-15.
#RL Jets set franchise single-quarter record with 34 pts in 2nd qtr vs ARZ in 2008. Jets K that day: Jay Feely, who’s now Cards’ kicker.
#RL Protect the ball: Mark Sanchez in 35 career wins has turned ball over 24 times (0.7/gm), in 29 losses has 58 turnovers (2.0/gm).
#RL Jets RB Shonn Greene in last 6 games has averaged 4.4 yards per carry. Greene leads Jets this yr with 33 1st downs, 11 3rd-down convs.
#RL ARZ WR Larry Fitzgerald, who had 8 catches for 122 yds in 08 game vs Jets, leads Cards with 55 catches (for 627 yds, 4 TDs) this yr.
#RL ARZ QBs (Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, rookie Ryan Lindley starting today) have been sacked 46 times, most of any team in NFL thru 12 wks.
#RL Walt Anderson is today’s referee. This is Anderson’s 11th NYJ game as ref since ’03. He worked MIA home game 5 wks ago.
#RL Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick calling game for FOX. Billick, Rex Ryan’s boss 99-07 @ BAL, is working his 2nd Jets game as network analyst.
#RL NYJ inactives: QB Tim Tebow, WR Clyde Gates, CB Aaron Berry, LB Ricky Sapp, DL Damon Harrison, G Caleb Schlauderaff, TE Hayden Smith.
#RL With Tebow deactivated, Greg McElroy is active for today’s game for the first time in his NFL career.
#RL ARZ inactives: QB Kevin Kolb, WR Andre Roberts, RB Alfonso Smith, G Senio Kelemete, T Pat McQuistan, TE Todd Heap, DE Calais Campbell.
#RL Jets wearing green jerseys, white pants today. 22nd time Jets are green/white under Rex Ryan (11-10 since 09), 6th time this yr (2-3).
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, MetLife Stadium, Rex Ryan, Walt Anderson
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The weather is playing a role in tonight’s regular-season debut for the Jets in their new home.
It was announced last hour that tonight’s Jets-Ravens kickoff, scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT, has been delayed at least a half-hour by the steady rain and lightning that have moved over New Meadowlands Stadium and the East Rutherford, N.J., area.
Update, 7:10: The most recent announcement is that the opening kickoff will take place around 7:25, only 15 minutes after the original KO was slated. We’ll see, but the heavy thunderclouds have moved off and the rain appears to be over for tonight.
Temps are forecast to drop to the mid-60s and thunderstorms to hang around in the first half before the wet weather subsides.
Two injured players are, not surprisingly, atop the Jets’ first inactive list of the new season. S Brodney Pool (ankle) and LB Calvin Pace (foot) are both sidelined, as are RB Joe McKnight, OL Vlad Ducasse, T Patrick Brown, TE Jeff Cumberland and DT Marcus Dixon. Kellen Clemens is listed as the Jets’ third QB.
For the Ravens, the inactives are WR Donté Stallworth, CBs Lardarius Webb and Bryan McCann, LB JasonPhillips, DTs Arthur Jones and Terrence Cody, T Jared Gaither and DE Paul Kruger. They are not listing a third QB tonight.
Walt Anderson is the ref for his ninth Jets regular-season game since 2003. His last game before tonight? “Win And We’re In,” the 37-0 rout over the Bengals on Jan. 3 that simultaneously ended the football history of the old Meadowlands stadium and propelled the Jets into the playoffs.
The Jets are wearing their white jerseys and white pants for tonight’s historic event. It’s the first time they’ve worn their double whites, including this preseason, since the 2009 home opener in Game 2, the 16-9 win over the Patriots. During their five-game losing streak against the Ravens since ’98, the Jets have lost wearing all their non-Titans permutations: green/white, white/white (twice), green/green and white/green.
Tags: Brodney Pool, Calvin Pace, Kellen Clemens, Walt Anderson
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