Chargers vs. Jets: San Diego's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 16

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Norv Turner leads the San Diego Chargers to another worthless win. Seems like that's the biggest takeaway from Turner's career with the lightning bolts. Philip Rivers is now 2-0 with gloves and 1-0 with a visor.

The Chargers improved to 6-9 after defeating the New York Jets Sunday. In the last game of the season, San Diego will battle against the Oakland Raiders at home. They will be looking to, one, not be blacked out and, two, to finish the season 7-9.

Sunday's game will be even more meaningless than last year's final game. Last year, the Chargers eliminated the Raiders from playoff contention. With every AFC Playoff spot locked up, Oakland vs. San Diego will simply be for draft position purposes only.


Winners: Antonio Gates, Danario Alexander and the Front Seven

Antonio Gates scored his 82nd career receiving touchdown, which makes him first all time in Chargers' history. The Hall of Fame career is definitely on the downhill, but Gates is still playing at an elite level. He's one of the best to ever play the position, yet ironically, some still make an argument that Antonio Gates is not even the best tight end in Chargers history because of Kellen Winslow Sr.

Danario Alexander, probably the biggest bright spot of 2012, continued his great season. He hauled in only three passes but went for 69 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a 37-yard score, which is what San Diego has been looking for. Whoever becomes the Chargers new GM should re-sign DX. That doesn't mean make him the next Laurent Robinson, but he deserves to return to San Diego.

San Diego left the game Sunday with 11 sacks. A lot were due to an inability to get rid of the ball on Greg McElroy's part. Kendall Reyes led the Chargers with 3.5 sacks, with Shaun Phillips behind him with 2.5. Corey Liuget also had two.


Losers: Brandon Taylor, Jackie Battle and Robert Meachem.

Third-round rookie Brandon Taylor tore his ACL Sunday. It was the first start of his career, and although he was not playing that well, it could be a learning experience. Taylor has a surgery set for Thursday and will begin recovering for next season.

Jackie Battle, who filled in for the injured Ryan Mathews, carried the ball 19 times for 49 yards. His 2.5 yards-per-carry average gives the Chargers no reason to re-sign him next season. He'll have one more opportunity to prove himself next Sunday.

Not even an injury to Malcom Floyd gave Meachem playing time. When he finally got in, Meachem injured himself. When Michael Spurlock and Eddie Royal are playing more than a guy who has $9 million guaranteed on his contract, you know A.J. Smith messed up.