Jets TakeOff! Week 16 Preview: New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers

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Dec 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) drops back to pass during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports


Despite the fact that the Chargers are ranked 22nd overall in passing offense, Philip Rivers is still Philip Rivers. He has been hot of late, with 4 TDs vs 0 INTs and a 92 passer rating over his last two games. For his career in December, Rivers has amassed 52 TDs vs only 16 INTs, a 98.5 passer rating. Rivers, no matter the team record, will get the most out of his weapons. The Jets have been near the top of the league against the pass all year long, and they will need to bring their “A” game on Sunday.


Typically we like to take a look at a matchup on the outside here. We break down whomever Antonio Cromartie will likely match up with, and highlight this as a key to the game. But this week, the outside guys are not the scariest. This week, the guy to watch out for is tight end Antonio Gates. Gates has played well against the Jets, with 2 TDs in the last 2 meetings. He needs only 21 more yards to achieve at least 500 in 9 consecutive seasons. AT 32 years old and in his 10th season, he may be on the latter part of his career, but make no mistake, he can still get it done. The Jets new and improved safeties have done a good job against the tight ends all year. They had better win this matchup for the Jets to have a chance to win this one.

There are your keys to the game. Hey, maybe we are witnessing the debut of the he QB who will lead us to the Super Bowl someday. Thanks for reading.

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