Chargers vs. Jets: Instant Grades, Analysis for San Diego

Ryan HeidrichCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2012

Chargers vs. Jets: Instant Grades, Analysis for San Diego

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    Final: 27-17 Chargers

     

    The reeling 5-9 San Diego Chargers are set to travel east once more this season to take on the drama-filled New York Jets. This game was originally planned to be shown on NBC's Sunday Night Football but was flexed out for the more popular and enticing game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers

    With Mark Sanchez on the bench for the Jets, Greg McElroy will make his first NFL start. The Chargers' front seven will look to get after McElroy early and often and force the rookie quarterback to make poor decisions. 

    The Chargers will give a lot of their younger players more playing time. Safety Brandon Taylor, who was the Chargers third-round draft pick, will get his first start alongside Eric Weddle. 

    Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST and will be shown on CBS. Keep this page up on your screen and follow along as we provide analysis and reaction as the Chargers play their second-to-last game of the season.  

     

Quarterback

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    Fourth Quarter Grade: B

    Philip Rivers played well in the fourth quarter despite lack of support from his offensive line. It would crazy to see what Rivers could do if he was given protection for all four quarters. 

    Third Quarter Grade: A+ 

    The craziest things happen when Rivers is allowed to set his feet and find open recovers. Two beautiful touchdown strikes have the Chargers rolling over the Jets at the end of the third quarter. Rivers throw to Antonio Gates for a touchdown was a vintage Rivers touch pass. 

    Second Quarter Grade: C 

    Same story, different quarter for Rivers. He managed to get the Chargers in field goal range and on the board. The drive was kept alive with a roughing the passer but Rivers only has 54 yards passing at halftime. That is not exactly the yardage that the Chargers need from their quarterback. 

    First Quarter Grade: C- 

    Rivers struggled once again in the first quarter. He was under immense pressure all quarter long, which is never a good thing for the non-mobile quarterback. He missed badly on a deep throw to Danario Alexander who found himself behind the Jets' defense. If the Chargers cannot get protection for Rivers than they cannot expect any great production from him. 

Offense

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    Fourth Quarter Grade: B 

    The Chargers offense got the job done in the fourth quarter. While they did not get into the end zone. They worked the clock very well and were able to end the game. While the offensive line did not play as well in the fourth quarter as they did in the third it was still nice to see them show up for at least one quarter. 

    Third Quarter Grade: A+ 

    The Chargers looked like a completely different unit in the third quarter. The offensive line was able to give Rivers enough time to throw the ball.With the passing game clicking the Chargers scored twice as the Chargers jumped all over the Jets. 

    Second Quarter Grade: D 

    The Chargers once again struggled on offense. They managed to get the ball into field goal range but you cannot win games by just settling for field goals. The drive was killed by back to back holding calls, which has been the story of the year for the Chargers. 

    First Quarter Grade: D 

    The Chargers offense looked awful in the first quarter. They had negative yards of offense till the final play of the quarter. They have struggled to get any protection for Rivers and were not able to create holes for the running backs. The Chargers cannot expect any production on offense until they can figure out the offensive line issues. 

Defense

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    Fourth Quarter Grade: A

    The Chargers' defense continued to dominate the Jets' offensive line as they piled up the sacks. Shaun Phillips added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to his excellent season stat line. The Chargers finished the game with 11 sacks, an NFL season high. 

    Third Quarter Grade: A 

    The Chargers defense finally got the turnover they had been looking for on a Corey Lynch interception. The Chargers front seven continues to abuse the Jets offensive line as they punish Greg McElroy play after play. 

    Second Quarter Grade: A 

    The Chargers defense continues to impress. They have got after the Jets and have 5 sacks in the first half. While they have been able to get off the field and kept the Jets off the scoreboard in the second quarter they need to force a turnover. The Chargers offense needs to operate on a short field and the defense give the sluggish Chargers offense this opportunity. 

    First Quarter Grade: B

    The Chargers defense played well on two of their four trips out on the field in the first quarter. The defense has been under extreme pressure all year due to the lackluster offense production. They have done a nice job at getting pressure on the Jets but they have not created a turnover, which is disappointing against the turnover friendly Jets. 

Special Teams

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    Fourth Quarter Grade: B

    Novak knocked in a field goal as the special team unit turned in a successful and consistent game. 

    Third Quarter Grade: B 

    Nick Novak converted both extra points and the coverage units kept up with their solid work. 

    Second Quarter Grade: A 

    Nick Novak converted on a 52 yard field goal to pull the Chargers within a touchdown. Novak has had a great year for the Chargers. The kick coverage teams continue to impress with excellent coverage.

    First Quarter Grade: A

    BAM! The only points on the board for the Chargers came from a punt return for a touchdown by Michael Spurlock. Besides the punt return for a touchdown the special team unit has done a great job in coverage.  

Coaching

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    Fourth Quarter Grade: B 

    The Chargers got the job done on the road against the Jets. The Chargers must figure out the offensive line issues to be successful. It was shown today that once Rivers has enough time to throw the ball the Chargers offense could be successful. 

    Third Quarter Grades: B 

    With Philip Rivers getting enough time to move the ball, Norv Turner was able to open up the playbook. The expanded looks gave the Chargers the momentum they needed as they got in the end zone twice in the third quarter. It's crazy what happens when Rivers is given enough time. 

    Second Quarter Grade: C 

    The Chargers struggled on offense once again in the second quarter. The play calling must be hard for Norv Turner when the offense line cannot block anything. However, Turner must find away to get this Chargers offense going. 

    First Quarter Grade: B-  

    The Chargers find themselves down early again and the offense looks awful. This team is not built to come from behind yet time after time they fall behind early. The defense and special team units have been impressive and are the only reason that this game is not a blow out.