Big Wood really doesn't feel like the Chargers have seen a team like the Jets before and they will not be ready for the hard hitting, physical style the Jets will present.
You've got to love the Baltimore Ravens style bravado the Jets are bringing into this game. The only problem is the Chargers are ready for a street fight and they'll be healthier than they've been for past street fights, namely against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Not even the Jets swagger is authentic. How is this big talk and physical play any different than the Tennessee Titans from a couple of seasons ago?
I keep hearing out of New York to "Hit Philip Rivers in the mouth"; run the ball consistently through four quarters against the Chargers, and you will beat them.
The defensively number one rated Jets are right to swagger, but one quick glance at their offensively challenged opponents tells you one thing:
The Jets better have had the top defense in the league.
The Chargers gave up 30 points or more three times and the Jets gave up 30 points or more three times this season. The difference? San Diego was learning to play without their defensive cornerstone Jamal Williams.
Besides, San Diego's defensive stats are skewed a bit since they used the fourth quarter of a lot of games as practice. They also played a whole lot of prevent defense (see Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Dallas) at the end of games that they could have held teams to 10-17 points and didn't.
As far as physical play is concerned, the Chargers have had enough battles with AFC North and South over the last couple of years to get them ready for the Jets.
The Jets can't hit any harder than Ray Lewis and the Ravens. The Ravens were able to escape with a win in San Diego earlier this year, because the Chargers were banged up and still trying to figure out what the current team does best.
I keep hearing about how the Jets will just need to blitz and blitz and blitz, but Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn't that stupid.
The Ravens, Steelers, and Denver Broncos brought every blitz in the house to secure early wins, but that strategy doesn't work anymore. Sorry.
Now the Chargers are begging teams to blitz them. Even the Philadelphia Eagles refused to blitz the Bolts, knowing they'd get burned.
If the Jets are that arrogant, let them blitz.
They Jets claim they are going to concentrate on stopping the pass and if they get beat by the run, so be it. However, Ryan knows that the Chargers' rushing attack received an instant upgrade when Pro Bowl Center Nick Hardwick returned to the lineup after missing nearly the entire season.
Hardwick's first game back resulted in 166 yards rushing and a near comical nine straight scoring drives over two games; throwing out the end of the first half against the Tennessee Titans and the series that the backups played.
Enough talk. Can you wait for the Chargers and Jets to get it on?
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