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The San Diego Chargers managed to rank No. 1—or close to it—in nearly every statistical category the league has to offer (save for rushing yards gained)...and they didn't make the playoffs.
The New York Jets shouldn't take that last bit into consideration. The Chargers had a down year in terms of letting up big plays and making silly mistakes. Now that the Chargers will have more discipline as a result of learning from their failures, they'll probably storm onto the scene again.
The Jets' passing defense is good enough to keep up with the elite Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers. The receiving corps is depleted right now, but Vincent Jackson is still going to be a matchup nightmare for the Jets, thanks to his size at 6'6''.
The Chargers run game since the release of L.T. is nothing to gawk at. The team ranked near the bottom in rushing yards gained, and that leaves their offense really one-dimensional.
That means the Jets' defense will only have to key in on Rivers.
Defensively, the Chargers are a decent team as well, but the run defense was especially awesome and 2010, and the Jets should be aware that, with the addition of Corey Liuget in the draft, this run defense will get better.
If the New York Jets can overcome a great Chargers' defensive line, their run game should be OK, but then the Jets might run into trouble with the linebacking corps the Chargers have in place, headed by new veteran signee Takeo Spikes and (possibly, if things go as planned) Nick Barnett.
Unless the Jets can run the ball successfully against a stingy Chargers' defense, it's hard to see the Jets coming away with a win.
Preliminary Prediction: Chargers 31, Jets 20