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Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 6, 2005.

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    GAME: San Diego Chargers (4-4) at N.Y. Jets (2-5).

    TIME: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST.

    The New York Jets ended the San Diego Chargers' season last January when former kicker Doug Brien booted a 28-yard field goal in overtime.

    With the injury-plagued Jets teetering on the brink of falling out of serious contention this year, the Chargers can get a measure of revenge when they visit Giants Stadium.

    San Diego was beaten at home twice by the Jets last season, including a 20-17 overtime defeat in the first round of the playoffs.

    The Chargers got off to an 0-2 start this year, but have rebounded with four victories in their last six games despite a tough schedule.

    Tight end Antonio Gates' three-touchdown performance in Sunday's 28-20 win over Kansas City last Sunday helped the Chargers bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss at Philadelphia in Week 7.

    Drew Brees threw for 324 yards, and rookies Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo accounted for 3 1/2 of San Diego's four sacks.

    Gates, a former college basketball star, set career highs with 10 catches for 145 yards, and his three TDs matched a career best.

    ``Every game we go into we say one of those guys is going to have a big day, we just don't know who it's going to be,'' Brees said Monday.

    ``Gates just happened to be the guy this time around. A lot of those, he was making plays on his own.''

    LaDainian Tomlinson will look to get the Chargers' running game back on track against New York after rushing for just 76 yards over the last two games. The Pro Bowl tailback is fifth in the NFL with 728 yards rushing and second with 12 total touchdowns.

    San Diego may not need much in the way of points against New York's sputtering offense.

    The Jets, who are coming off a bye week, have scored seven points total in the first quarter this season. That lone score came against Miami in Week 2, the only time New York had a halftime lead this year.

    Quarterback Vinny Testaverde has yet to throw for a score in three games, though he has run for two. Laveranues Coles has the only touchdown catch among receivers.

    Instead of putting points on the board early, the Jets are hurting themselves with mistakes. They have four turnovers in the opening period, including two at Atlanta that essentially put the game out of reach as they suffered a 27-14 loss to the Falcons on Oct. 24.

    ``If you turn the ball over a few times in the beginning of the game by that time that defense ... it's like you smell blood after that,'' running back Curtis Martin said. ``In that first quarter, we're giving teams such momentum. I think we're a team that plays well when we have momentum. We haven't had it this year.''

    They haven't had much of anything, including plays. Three-and-outs have become commonplace. One reason has been the Jets' inability to do much on first and second downs, partly because the offensive line has struggled to open holes for Martin to run through. That has put the Jets in nearly impossible third-down situations.

    ``We haven't had a lot of success completing drives,'' coach Herman Edwards said. ``We've got to establish some drives. Whether that's running it or passing it, you've got to get some rhythm in your offense and don't turn the ball over.''

    Cornerback David Barrett said the defense would get a tremendous lift if it could play with and protect a lead.

    ``That would feel real good because with us, I can't remember a time that we lost when we we're ahead of a team, that they came back to beat us,'' Barrett said.

    Testaverde, lured out of retirement after starter Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler suffered injuries in the same game, said it has been difficult to get into a rhythm. The veteran signal-caller is new to the offense, the line has had several changes and Martin has been banged up.

    ``I don't think it's just one guy, it's a collective thing offensively,'' Testaverde said. ``We can all improve and hopefully that's the direction we're going in. It's not just one guy it's all of us. We offensively haven't helped this team to win any games. We need to do that.''

    STANDINGS: Chargers - 2nd place, AFC West. Jets - 4th place, AFC East.

    CHARGERS LEADERS: Offense - Brees, 1,829 passing yards and 13 passing TDs; Tomlinson, 728 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs; Gates, 43 receptions and 575 receiving yards; Gates and Keenan McCardell, 6 receiving TDs. Defense - Merriman, 4 sacks; Bhawoh Jue, 3 interceptions.

    JETS LEADERS: Offense - Pennington, 530 passing yards and 2 passing TDs; Martin, 461 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs; Coles, 35 receptions and 385 receiving yards; Chris Baker, Coles and Jerald Sowell, 1 receiving TD. Defense - John Abraham, 4.5 sacks; Ty Law, 4 interceptions.

    CHARGERS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 124.1 yards per game (12th in NFL); Passing Offense - 220.9 ypg (14th); Total Offense - 345 ypg (11th). Rushing Defense - 78.4 ypg (3rd); Passing Defense - 257.1 ypg (29th); Total Defense - 335.5 ypg (21st).

    JETS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 74.3 yards per game (29th); Passing Offense - 168.4 ypg (26th); Total Offense - 242.7 ypg (30th). Rushing Defense - 140.6 ypg (30th); Passing Defense - 163.3 ypg (6th); Total Defense - 303.9 ypg (12th).

    LAST REGULAR SEASON MEETING: Sept. 19, 2004. Jets, 34-28. At San Diego, Martin ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns to propel the Jets over the Chargers.

    STREAKS AND NOTES: Chargers - Coach Marty Schottenheimer said LB Randall Godfrey will miss the game in order to attend the funeral of his sister, who was killed earlier this week in Georgia. ... San Diego's four losses have come by a combined 12 points. ... RB Tomlinson has passed for three touchdowns in three attempts this season. Jets - QB Testaverde has 3,667 career completions and needs 20 more to pass Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton for fifth-most in NFL history. ... RB Martin has 99 career touchdowns and needs one more to become the 10th running back in NFL history to score 100. ... DT Dewayne Robertson has three sacks and a forced fumble in the last three games.

    ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Chargers - 2-2 on the road; Jets - 2-1 at home.

    INJURIES: Chargers - OUT: TE Ryan Krause (foot). DOUBTFUL: RB Andrew Pinnock (calf/shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: CB Drayton Florence (ankle); LB Steve Foley (abdomen); LB Godfrey (neck); G Mike Goff (ankle); C Nick Hardwick (ankle); K Nate Kaeding (back); S Terrence Kiel (ankle); T Roman Oben (foot); WR Eric Parker (ankle). Jets - OUT: RB Derrick Blaylock (ankle); S Oliver Celestin (knee); QB Fiedler (right shoulder). PROBABLE: RB Martin (knee); WR Justin McCareins (Achilles); QB Testaverde (Achilles).
     

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