Preview: Jets at Rams

The New York Jets’ offense has been nonexistent over the past few games, leading some in the media to call for Tim Tebow to take over as quarterback. Apparently his teammates don’t agree. Anything that keeps the Jets on the back page of the tabloids and off the practice field should benefit the St. Louis Rams, who host New York on Sunday afternoon. No backup quarterback in the league is more popular than Tebow outside the game, but inside the locker room some anonymous teammates told the New York Daily News that the former Heisman winner was “terrible.”

The Rams are coming off the rarest of NFL outcomes - a tie - but at least snapped a three-game losing streak and were able to move the ball at times against the San Francisco 49ers. St. Louis offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was let go by the Jets after last season and will be looking for some revenge on Sunday.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Rams -3.5, O/U 38.5

ABOUT THE JETS (3-6): New York is averaging under 200 passing yards and has been held to 10 points or less in four of their six losses. Mark Sanchez has thrown nearly as many interceptions (nine) as touchdowns (10) and went just 9-of-22 for 124 yards and a pick in the 28-7 loss at Seattle last week. That led to increased calls for Tebow, though coach Rex Ryan and a few anonymous players shot down that idea. Sanchez does not have much to work with, with top receiver Santonio Holmes out for the season and Shonn Greene failing to reach 100 yards rushing in all but one game. Tebow has seen action as a runner, receiver and Wildcat quarterback but is most notable for his contributions in punt protection 10 weeks into the season.

Schottenheimer served as the scapegoat for a Jets offense that ranked 25th last season. He has St. Louis up to 20th in yardage but just 28th in scoring. After a 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots in London, Schottenheimer went back to work during the bye week and came up with a scheme that managed to churn out 458 yards of offense against San Francisco over five quarters. Top receiver Danny Amendola returned after a three-game absence and made 11 catches for 102 yards to help Sam Bradford and the passing game. Steven Jackson, who went over 100 yards as well last week, could have a big day Sunday against a New York defense that ranks 30th against the run.


1. The teams have not met since Nov. 19, 2008 - a 47-3 Jets rout in New York.

2. The Jets released pass-rusher Aaron Maybin on Tuesday. He did not have a sack in eight games this season.

3. St. Louis WR Austin Pettis, who has a touchdown in two of the last three games, is questionable with a toe injury.

PREDICTION: Rams 21, Jets 10

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Rams

  • Andrew Whitworth

    day-to-day | questionable

    Whitworth exited the last game due to a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will play Week 3 against the Bills.

  • Malcolm Brown

    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown has a finger injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available Week 3 versus the Bills.

  • Cam Akers

    day-to-day | questionable

    Akers departed the last game with injured ribs, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Bills in Week 3.

  • Joe Noteboom

    day-to-day | questionable

    Noteboom left the previous game with an injured calf muscle, and his status for Week 3 versus the Bills is in question.

  • Gerald Everett

    Prob Sun | probable

    Everett left the last game with a back injury, but he is expected to play Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • Terrell Lewis

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lewis has landed on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list with a knee injury, and it is unknown when he will make his season debut.

  • Darrell Henderson Jr.

    Prob Sun | probable

    Henderson is hobbled by a low-grade hamstring strain, but he is likely to be active Sunday against the Cowboys.

  • Taylor Rapp

    Prob Sun | probable

    Rapp is dealing with a knee injury, but he is expected to play against the Cowboys in the season opener.

New York Jets

  • Denzel Mims

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mims has been shifted to the injured reserve list with an injury to both hamstrings and will miss an extended period.

  • Breshad Perriman

    day-to-day | questionable

    Perriman was lifted from the last game with an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active against the Colts during Week 3.

  • Quincy Wilson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Wilson was forced from the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion. It has yet to be established if he will be cleared in time for Week 3 versus the Colts.

  • Chris Hogan

    day-to-day | questionable

    Hogan was removed from the last game with injured ribs, and it is undetermined if he will take the filed Week 3 versus the Colts.

  • Jamison Crowder

    day-to-day | questionable

    Crowder missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Week 3 against the Colts.

  • Arthur Maulet

    day-to-day | questionable

    Maulet exited the previous game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Colts in Week 3.

  • Connor McGovern

    day-to-day | questionable

    McGovern departed the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Colts during Week 3.

  • Blake Cashman

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Cashman will be on the injured reserve list for an unknown length of time due to a groin injury.