Now that the New York Jets have put an end to their three game losing streak and have exorcised some of their demons against the “Suck for Luck” Miami Dolphins, it is back to reality to face a real opponent in the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers, who have been a very solid statistical team for years now, but have always started slow, have been able to win four of their first five games before heading into their bye week at 4-1.
San Diego statistically ranks sixth overall in passing yards and ninth overall in rushing yards, making them a very balanced offense. Their rushing defense ranks 17th overall while their pass defense ranks ninth overall.
The Chargers did, however, record these numbers against the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. So, their rankings may be a little deceiving.
In San Diego’s 35-21 loss to the Pats, they allowed Tom Brady to rack up 423 passing yards with three touchdowns.
When the Chargers faced a legitimate running back in Adrian Peterson, they held him under 100 yards rushing, but barely. Peterson ended his game with 98 yards on 16 carries, averaging six yards per carry.
This should be an exciting game. The Chargers need this game to gain some legitimacy and to put some room between them and the fast-charging 4-2 Oakland Raiders. The Jets need this game to stay two games behind the AFC East leading Patriots, one behind the Buffalo Bills, and to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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