Chargers vs. Jets: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 19, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Week 16 matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets may be the most talked-about, meaningless regular-season game ever.

Rex Ryan finally benched Mark Sanchez after he threw four interceptions against the Tennessee Titans. But instead of starting Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy will be handed the reins to the Jets offense.

Here’s everything you need to know about this showdown between AFC underachievers.

Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

When: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, NFL Redzone or online at Game Rewind

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 93 or online at Audio Pass 

Betting Line: Jets by 3, according to Odds Shark


What’s At Stake?

Absolutely nothing.

The Chargers and Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention. Norv Turner and Rex Ryan also may have already punched their tickets out of town.

Chargers Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 18) 

Reggie Wells (ankle), G, Injured Reserve

Malcolm Floyd (ankle), WR, Injured Reserve

Ryan Mathews (shoulder), HB, Injured Reserve

Eddie Royal, WR, Questionable

Donald Butler, LB, Questionable

Ronnie Brown (hamstring), HB, Questionable

Jets Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 18) 

Mark Sanchez (back), QB, Probable

Jeff Cumberland (wrist), TE, Probable

Braylon Edwards (hamstring), WR, Probable

Bilal Powell (toe), HB, Probable

Tim Tebow (ribs), QB, Probable


Fantasy Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em and Sleeper

Start: Chargers Defense

Anytime your defense gets matched up with a third-string QB, it’s like finding a $100 bill. Getting lucky enough to face the Jets’ third-string QB, however, is like discovering a goldmine.

Sanchez threw 17 interceptions this season and McElroy can’t be much better.

Sit: Philip Rivers

Remember when Rivers was an elite signal-caller?

I don’t know what happened, but he has become an interception machine himself, tossing 15 this season. Against the Jets’ second-ranked pass defense, he’s useless.


Sleeper: Shonn Greene

The McElroy-to-Jeremy Kerley connection won’t be able to move the football down the field. New York will need to lean on its running game, so Greene will get plenty of carries.

What They’re Saying

As one can imagine, Skip Bayless was quite emotional when it was announced McElroy would start over Tebow against the Chargers:


— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 18, 2012

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Rivers hasn’t been much better than the benched Jets QB:

Most games with Total QBR of 10 or lower this season- Mark Sanchez 5, Philip Rivers 3, Ryan Lindley 3.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 18, 2012

Chargers Player to Watch: Eric Weddle

Weddle is the leader of the Chargers defense. Through Week 15, he has recorded a team-high 82 tackles and three interceptions.

Against the inexperienced McElroy, he’s guaranteed to have a field day.

Jets Player to Watch: Greg McElroy

In 2012, McElroy has a passer rating of 118.5. Sure, he’s only attempted seven passes, but still.

And who knows? Maybe the former Alabama passer is capable of being a respectable QB.

Or maybe the Chargers will eat him alive. Either or.

Key Matchup: D’Brickashaw Ferguson vs. Shaun Phillips

Phillips remains San Diego’s most fierce pass-rusher, as he leads the team in sacks this season with seven. It’ll be Ferguson’s job to protect McElroy’s blind side and prevent Phillips from coming off the edge hard and putting hits on the quarterback.

Because if the Jets were forced to actually play Tebow in the role of a starter, Ryan’s head may implode. And on that note…

On the Hot Seat: Norv Turner and Rex Ryan

Ryan is a defensive mastermind, but he definitely isn’t a genius when it comes to player personnel. He OK’d the Tebow trade and, instead of playing him, sat him on the bench and the story shadowed the team throughout the entire season.

And following Super Bowl expectations with a six-to-eight win season doesn’t cut it—especially with New York’s media.

In San Diego, Turner should be long gone by now. A.J. Smith is clueless—that’s the only reason he still has a job there.


Rivers is too fiery a competitor to lay down, even with nothing to play for. And no matter how many interceptions he’s thrown, I’m not picking a third-string quarterback against Rivers, regardless of its team.

But it’s not like the Jets would cause me to rethink that anyway.

San Diego by 3

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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