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Jets escape with a win behind Greg McElroy

New York Jets' McElroy celebrates after he threw touchdown pass against Arizona Cardinals in NFL game in East Rutherford

If the Jets had been playing just about any team other than the Cardinals, there probably wouldn’t have been a happy ending to Mark Sanchez’s benching.

His three interceptions and inability to put points on the board against Arizona forced coach Rex Ryan to do what many have been calling for him to do all season. Greg McElroy promptly came in, led the Jets on a 69-yard touchdown and threw himself into the mix for the starting quarterback job in the weeks to come. He handled himself well enough on Sunday, thanks in part to an interception wiped out by an illegal contact penalty, and the Jets might as well see what he can do with a full week of practice since they can’t just turn back to Sanchez.

McElroy finished the game 5-of-7 for 29 yards and a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. That was the only touchdown in a 7-6 Jets win that featured some truly terrible offensive football. Sanchez probably wasn’t even the worst quarterback on the field. Ryan Lindley was 10-of-31 for 72 yards and, frankly, those numbers make his day sound better than it was. The Cardinals had plenty of chances and couldn’t capitalize on a single one behind a quarterback whose presence in the lineup remains hard to understand. The Cardinals failed to convert any of their 15 third-down opportunities and picked up 137 overall.

The Jets did get some good work late from Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell, allowing them to grind out the clock in the fourth quarter with their slim lead. The win moves them to 5-7, but its real significance is that it moves them past the point where Sanchez was just the answer at quarterback. The door is wide open now and McElroy might be the first guy to get a chance to walk through it.

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20 Responses to “Jets escape with a win behind Greg McElroy”
  1. PhantomsToenail says: Dec 2, 2012 4:23 PM

    Tebow time??

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 2, 2012 4:23 PM

    Hey Jets…Kirk Cousins for Revis. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

  3. brenenostler says: Dec 2, 2012 4:28 PM

    Can’t wait to hear this post-game speech.

  4. rg3enoughsaid says: Dec 2, 2012 4:31 PM

    Meanwhile, Laron Landry jumped around and pumped his fists as if he had won the super bowl, all my himself

  5. stoutfiles says: Dec 2, 2012 4:37 PM

    Time for the Sanchez era to end.

  6. clayme52 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:39 PM

    I feel bad for anyone who had to watch this game

  7. grogansheroes says: Dec 2, 2012 4:42 PM

    I’ve been saying for 18 months that McElroy was the best QB on the roster. And I don’t think he is very good.

  8. sd1024 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:43 PM

    Its about time…

  9. pflynn20 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:44 PM

    This game set football back 60 years. Sanchez career is over

  10. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    Now, you see why Drew Stanton was so upset when the Jets traded for Tebow. He knew if he was the primary backup, he’d be in the mix because Sanchez is so bad.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    I think Skelton is still hurt, but is Kolb not back yet also? If either are healthy, I am having a hard time understanding why Weisenhut keeps sticking with Ryan Lindley?

  12. tuberippin says: Dec 2, 2012 5:10 PM

    The Jets were just paying homage to the 1948 NFL Championship game between the Eagles and Cardinals, which the Cardinals lost 7-0. Granted, that game was in a blizzard, but when Mark Sanchez and Ryan Lindley are the quarterbacks, a blizzard might help your team more than it would harm it.

  13. phloorioisanarcissist says: Dec 2, 2012 5:23 PM

    It’s about time Sanchez was benched.

    Signed: Everyone but Rex Ryan

  14. westcoastredbird says: Dec 2, 2012 5:24 PM

    Skelton suffers from a bruised ego. Kolb from a sternum injury. The Cards next face Seattle in Seattle, Da Bears, Lions, and 49ers in San Fran. 4 -12 might just get them a stud left tackle in the 2013 draft. I’ve been a Cardinal fan for 48 years and this is the worst team I can remember. It’s pretty bad when your favorite time of the year is the draft and your worst time of the year is the season. Fire Rod Graves and anybody that has anything to do with the offense. Stop the madness! Promote Ray Horton to head coach! Let Whiz be the OC or hit the highway.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 2, 2012 5:33 PM

    Wow the Jets and Cards have serious problems. Kudos to the Jets for pulling out a victory to keep their season alive though I guess.

  16. delusionalcardsfan says: Dec 2, 2012 5:37 PM

    Skelton and Lindley suck buttermilk and Kevin hasn’t risen from the dead just yet. I’m all for ending the season @ 4-12 since all we have to lose at this point is draft position. We lost pride and respect a looong time ago! Go Cards! Draft that o line! :/

  17. rollerino1 says: Dec 2, 2012 6:17 PM

    Did anyone notice the non- reaction by Tebow after the McElroy TD?
    I think the smoke, mirrors, and lies of the Jets organization has finally sunk in.

  18. cmdrsmooth says: Dec 2, 2012 6:29 PM

    5-7. That’s efficiency . Jets need a QB that is productive and doesn’t turn over the ball. Rex, you may now have your ground and pound QB.

  19. luz56 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:06 PM

    Sure … a huge 1 point win over the worst offense in the league. I guess a win is a win

  20. randomguy9999 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:24 PM

    hopefully Rexxy keeps his head and doesn’t either:
    a- start Tebow
    or b- start Sanchez

    putting Tebow in there means redoing the entire offense to accommodate him.. then getting embarrassed…

    Rexxy… give McElroy his shot… it’s a perfect opportunity to evaluate and grow him….

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