Greg McElroy subbed in for Mark Sanchez at quarterback and threw a touchdown for the New York Jets, which was enough for them to win 7-6 on a day the Jets and Arizona Cardinals both sputtered offensively.
Although the Jets defense probably deserves much of the credit after keeping the Arizona Cardinals out of the end zone all day, only allowing a pair of field goals on drives where the Cardinals already had good field position. But most of the hubbub will probably surround McElroy, who led the team on its only scoring drive after being shut out for three quarters. Gang Green Nation tempered their expectations, saying that it was important not to overreact to a single possession, but still celebrated McElroy's performance in a post titled "Long Live the McElroy Era":
For now, we can enjoy this win and feel happy that Greg McElroy has a moment in the sun. He will be the toast of the town for a week, and nobody will ever be able to take this win and his touchdown pass away from him. It will be fun to dream of what Greg might eventually become. For what it is worth, I he showed more arm strength than I thought he had, and that was my biggest point of skepticism on him.
What's good for McElroy, of course, is bad for Sanchez. Gang Green Nation didn't mince words regarding the player who has started at quarterback for the Jets since being drafted in the first round four seasons ago, calling for the end of Sanchez' time at quarterback after his three-pick game in their postgame recap:
I really don't see any reason for Sanchez to play quarterback for the Jets again. With four years under his belt, he just doesn't understand how to play quarterback. If it hasn't happened now, it probably never will. The interceptions were incomprehensible.
The Jets are now 5-7 after handing the Cardinals their eighth consecutive loss.