Jets-Chargers: Pick of the Week

Eric AmzallagContributor ISeptember 21, 2008

Contributor: Eric is a football fanatic from Montreal Canada. He will be writing a weekly article in which he will discuss his predictions for the upcoming NFL games.  You can find him and his other sports handicappers on Unlocked

What happens when you combine Brett Favre and Philip Rivers in a Monday night football game? You get an exciting, high scoring brand of football.

Philip Rivers has been phenomenal so far this season. He has completed 38/60 passes (63.3%) for 594 yards, he is tied with Jay Cutler with a league-leading six touchdown passes, and he has the third best QB rating of 122.5. Rivers is certainly on fire.

Overall, San Diego ranks fifth in points scored and yards gained. Tomlinson or not, the Chargers can put up big numbers on offense. Backup running back Darren Sproles has also proven to be an explosive threat on offense, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He already has a rushing and a receiving touchdown.

Defensively, the Chargers have been quite unimpressive ranking 30th in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed.

The New York Jets have had limited success on offense, but have been one of the league’s better defensive teams.

The Jets modified their offensive play calling by focusing more on running the ball, particularly in the red zone. This strategy failed against the defensively aware New England Patriots last week.

Expect the Jets to go back to focusing on having Brett use his arm like he did against the Dolphins where he threw for two touchdowns and 194 yards and had a rating of 125.9.

San Diego’s poor defensive performances are mainly related to its poor pass defense that has allowed an average of 293.5 yards per game through the air, ranking 31st in the league.

Brett Favre should have a big game and could easily throw for over 250 yards and at least two or three touchdowns.