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New York Jets Caught In Lightning Strike

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 3:  Kris Dielman #68, Dennis Norman #64, and Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers enter the field against the Washington Redskins during the Washington Redskins  v San Diego Chargers NFL Game on January 3, 2010 at Quolcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 23-20. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Matt SlagleContributor IJanuary 11, 2010

Rex Ryan's put his money where his mouth was with a win over the Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Lets see if his Jets can handle Philip Rivers and the high flying passing attack.

Going against the number one ranked defense is no cup of tea, but the Chargers are the team that can end the season of the Jets who frankly should not have made the playoffs in the first place.

How will the Chargers beat the Rex Ryan's big mouth and dominating running game?

Simple, in writing, the Bolts must limit the run game of Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene. This will be tough as the Jets are ranked first in the league running the ball and the Bolts are among the worst in defending the run.

If the Chargers manage to limit the run and force Mark "the franchise" Sanchez to throw the ball they must pressure him and force him to make mistakes, which he has shown he can do (20 Int's).

When (and if) the Chargers manage to do this, they then will be forced to deal with the best defense in the league.

To be successful the Bolts must be able to form something that resembles a running game, a difficult task for an aging veteran in LT and an inconsistent Darren Sproles.

One of the bigger story's will be the match up of Vincent Jackson and Darrelle Revis. This year Revis has shut down the likes of Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Steven Smith and Chad Ochocinco, none of which had very much success.

The only player that had relative success was Randy Moss with 9 receptions, 58 yards and a touchdown (in two games).

Out of all the elite wideout's that faced Revis, Moss was the tallest, had the best quarterback (Tom Brady) and and the best secondary receivers (Wes Welker).

This is good news for the Chargers as Jackson is a towering 6-5 and has one of the best tight end (Antonio Gates) and secondary Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee.

Another key factor in the game will be field position, the Chargers have the best punter in the playoff on their side in Mike Scifres while the Jets are without Steve Weatherford (irregular heartbeat) and had place kicker Jay Feely handle punts. Giving the Chargers the edge in the special teams unit.

The game will be a great game regardless, but look for the Chargers passing attack to out do the Jets dominating running game.

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