Jets at Bears
1. Just A Footnote – One week after the Jets sidestepped the Sal Alosi tripping scandal, the Jets find themselves tip-toeing around more controversy. On Tuesday night, a video surfaced online of a woman who looked like the wife of Jets head coach Rex Ryan participating in a homemade foot-fetish film, with the voice behind the camera sounding an awfully lot like Rex. In a season where a star player was hauled over for a DWI, the Jets locker room was accused of sexual harassing a female reporter and the recent tripping scandal have made for some interesting footnotes to this season. Ryan deflected the question as a “personal matter” but with a chance to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday in Chicago, it is another distraction for the Jets in a season full of them. “We’re a resilient team,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”
2. Playoff Push – So there is, in fact, a football game on Sunday and it’s against the AFC North leading Bears. The Jets are flush with confidence coming off Sunday’s 22-17 win at Pittsburgh but Chicago was dominant in rolling over hapless Minnesota on Monday night. The Jets can step into the playoffs on Sunday with a win and it’d be quite a feat for a team that hasn’t had consecutive playoff appearances since the 2000-2001 seasons.
3. Bum-Rushed – The Jets managed 106 rushing yards on Sunday against the NFL’s top ranked rush defense, and they face no slouch in Chicago. The Bears are third in the league in rushing yards allowed, conceding a notch under 90 ground yards per game. The Jets’ Achilles Heel this year has been their inconsistent rushing attack which they’ll need to jump start with this weekend with an ailing Sanchez perhaps limited against the Bears.
4. They Need Some Johnson & Johnson - The Jets are a bit beat up, with quarterback Mark Sanchez suffering a shoulder injury on the second drive of the win at Pittsburgh. Having had a MRI on Monday, Sanchez was limited in practice yesterday, something which Ryan said was “not an ideal situation” but he’s confident his quarterback will play. “I feel 99 percent sure that he’ll be able to play on Sunday,” Ryan said. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was also injured on Sunday, ironically with what Ryan said was a “toe injury.” In his homecoming game against his old team, Holmes registered four catches despite the injury. “It was bad enough to keep him out [of practice],” Ryan said. “I expect him to play.”
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Jets at Bears