Thank goodness, for all football fans, that the NFL flexed this game out of the Sunday Night Football lineup.
Yes, the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers were originally scheduled to play their Week 16 game in front of a national audience tonight, but the NFL wisely sent this game back into 1:00 pm EST obscurity.
For the Jets (6-8) and Chargers (5-9), it’s been a tale of two disappointing teams with disappointing quarterbacks that find themselves out of the playoff hunt before Christmas eve.
Jets coach Rex Ryan is likely to weather the storm and return next season, but the same cannot be said about Norv Turner. Could these two be future colleagues, with Turner running the Jets offense in 2013?
It’s a legitimate possibility, but for now, the two coaches will simply be focused on winning a football game, even if it’s one that will have more impact on future draft position than on playoff seeding.
The Jets have won five of the last seven and six of the last 10 meetings between these two teams, including playoff wins on the road in San Diego in both January 2005 and January 2010.
Last season, the Jets twice came back from 11-point deficits to defeat the Chargers 27-20 at MetLife Stadium, with Mark Sanchez throwing three touchdown passes, all to Plaxico Burress.
Today, it will be Greg McElroy who gets the nod, making his first career start, and for the first time all season, the Jets will have all three of their quarterbacks active and ready to play, including Tim Tebow.
It may not be a game with immediate ramifications, but it will be the Jets’ first chance to see whether or not McElroy is worth keeping around next year, when the Jets attempt to trade both Sanchez and Tebow.
All in all, it’s a game that will be played primarily for pride’s sake.
However, it’s always an entertaining matchup when Norv Turner’s offense clashes with Rex Ryan’s defense.
The Jets and Chargers kick off from MetLife Stadium at 1:00 pm EST on CBS.