McElroy leads Jets to TD in 28-10 to Eagles

Associated Press Modified: August 31, 2012 at 4:32 am •  Published: August 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow don't get it done in the red zone, the New York Jets can turn to Greg McElroy.

After all, he was the only quarterback to lead the Jets to a touchdown this preseason.

"That was obviously a point of emphasis for us, was just red-area execution, and we were able to do it for at least that one drive," McElroy said following a 28-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

The Jets (0-4) were the first team in 35 years to go three preseason games without a touchdown, matching the 1977 Atlanta Falcons for offensive futility.

McElroy ended that drought. His reward will be a seat on the bench.

"I'm glad we got it," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I'm not going to sit here and say I wish we (hadn't scored). I would've liked to have saved it and tack it on next week."

The Jets open against Buffalo on Sept. 9. The Eagles will play at Cleveland.

Sanchez, Tebow and most of the Jets starters didn't play in this battle between backups and guys fighting for roster spots.

Michael Vick and all of Philadelphia's starters watched from the sideline.

Trent Edwards threw for 197 yards and two TDs to help the Eagles (4-0) finish the preseason undefeated for the first time since 1995.

None of that will matter when the games count.

Hours before kickoff, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stopped just short of issuing a win-or-else ultimatum to coach Andy Reid.

Lurie said the team must make a "substantial improvement" for Reid to return for his 15th season next year. He added another 8-8 record would be "unacceptable."

"I don't have a level or anything like that," Lurie said. "I want to be clear about that. You try to make the best judgment you can after the season."

Reid's contract runs through 2013.

"I don't care about that stuff," Reid said. "He has high expectations. I have high expectations. Let's go play. We surely won't be satisfied with 8-8. We're striving for better than that. I'm not worried about it. I understand the business. I have a great relationship with Jeffrey."

The Jets hadn't scored a TD in the 13 quarters before McElroy tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Terrance Ganaway midway through the second. Sanchez and Tebow failed to do that in 35 possessions.

McElroy finished 12 of 17 for 90 yards and one TD. He also rushed for 33 yards.

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