Week 16 Tale Of The Tape: Los Angeles Chargers At New York Jets
- QuarterbackThe Chargers are coming off a crucial loss to Kansas City, and rookie head coach Anthony Lynn is going to have to find a way to rally his troops since the Chargers still have a chance to make the playoffs. Philip Rivers has had an excellent season, but he had a poor game against the Chiefs that included three interceptions. Rivers must curtail the turnovers if the Chargers are going to avoid the upset.The Jets are in very tough throughout their end-of-season run, but they played a competitive game in Week 15 before losing on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Since Josh McCown is out, that means the offense will be in the hands of Bryce Petty. While he has limited talent, he is smart and competitive and he should be able to keep the Jets in this game.
- OffenseThe Chargers are a dangerous offensive team that can attack with a number of different weapons. Melvin Gordon has gained 931 rushing yards and he is picking up steam as the season moves along. Keenan Allen is one of the top receivers in the game, but he left the game against the Chiefs with a back injury and that could limit him. Tyrell Williams is a dangerous secondary receiver with speed.The Jets have made things happen on offense with limited weapons all season. The running game has been decent with Bilal Powell, Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, but don’t expect big plays. Wideouts Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson has emerged as dangerous contributors who have given the Jets shocking explosiveness from time to time.
- DefenseThe Chargers have a middle-of-the-pack defense, ranking 14th in yards allowed, but they have a number of game-changing players. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are one of the best pass-rushing duos in the game, and they have combined for 21.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Cornerback Tre Boston has four picks and 24 passes defensed.The Jets thought they would have a decent defense at the start of the season because of their strength up front, but Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams have been disappointing. Inside linebacker Demario Davis has had a fantastic year and is an excellent tackler who leads the team with 117 tackles and 5.0 sacks.
- Special TeamsThe Chargers have had huge problems with their special teams throughout the season, and it cost them early in the season when they could have won at least two of their first four games and lost both of them. The Chargers have turned to Travis Coons, and he is their third placekicker of the season.The Jets have also had issues on special teams, but they are more accomplished than the Patriots in that area. They have been outgained on both punt and kickoff returns, although placekicker Chandler Catanzaro has had a solid year.
The Jets showed they were not about to go soft against the Saints, and they should have an even better effort at home. The Chargers will need to play their best football, and it may not be easy to rally after losing at Kansas City.