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New York Jets Vs. San Diego Chargers: NFL Week 16 Game Preview

December 22nd, 2012 at 8:03 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets will host the San Diego Chargers tomorrow at MetLife Stadium, in a game with no playoff implications. Both teams have been eliminated, which highlights their shared fall from the top as they have faced off in multiple playoff games in recent history. For the Jets, it could be the start of the Greg McElroy era. For the Chargers, it will almost be the second-to-last game of the Norv Turner era.

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New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers: What to Watch

Greg McElroy: After patiently waiting on the sideline and charting the offense, Greg McElroy was called into action against the Arizona Cardinals. He delivered a touchdown on his first drive in an NFL regular season game and earned a comeback win. The following week he was relegated to being out of uniform once again. After Mark Sanchez blew up against the Tennessee Titans, Greg McElroy will now get his first NFL regular season start.

This is his chance to audition for a real shot at the starting job next season. If Greg McElroy proves that he can protect the football, string together a few drives and put up a couple of scores, the Jets should allow him to start their game against the Buffalo Bills next week and will be obligated to include him in their plans at quarterback next season. That could be in an open competition, but if Greg McElroy can show any competency these next two weeks he deserves that shot.

Jets Safeties against Antonio Gates: This could be the final two games for the safety tandem of Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry in Jets green. The combination has been a good one for the Jets on the back end, but age and salary requirements to keep Landry next season could make this a short-lived tenure for this duo at safety. The Jets brought these two in to help cover premier tight ends and the San Diego chargers feature one of the best in Antonio Gates. Even without much on the line, it should be a terrific matchup. 

Quinton Coples vs. Melvin Ingram: They won't cross paths on the field, but these two will forever be compared by Jets fans. Many preferred Melvin Ingram over Quinton Coples on draft day and were concerned when Melvin Ingram made some noise early on in the preseason. The regular season has been a different story, as Quinton Coples has recorded four sacks in limited playing time, while Melvin Ingram has just half a sack this season.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Football, Greg McElroy, LaRon Landry, Mark Sanchez, Melvin Ingram, MetLife Stadium, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Norv Turner, Quinton Coples, San Diego Chargers, Yeremiah Bell

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