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The New York Jets shook off a three-game losing streak with a win last week against the Miami Dolphins. They will look to continue their winning ways this week when the San Diego Chargers come to town.
Rex Ryan wants the team to have a bruising running game, but so far in 2011, the running backs have been stymied. They average only 88.6 yards per game on the ground. This week they face a strong defense that had a bye week to refresh and regroup. The Chargers have the second best passing defense in the league so expect the Jets to turn to the run.
Even though the Chargers are travelling across country for the game, expect the ground battle to be fierce and unrelenting. Surely, LaDainian Tomlinson wants to prove himself in what could be his last matchup against his former team.
When Philip Rivers is rushed, he makes mistakes. The Jets need to get to the quarterback and force him to make bad decisions. Keep an eye out for short screen passes by Rivers when he gets flustered. If a Jets defender can step into that passing lane at the right moment, we could see an easy pick six.
In order for the Jets run game to be successful, they need good blocks up front. That’s where D’Brickashaw Ferguson comes in. The veteran tackle will line up against the Chargers’ undersized rookie Corey Liuget. If ground and pound gets it going, the Jets may upset the Chargers and improve to 4-3 before the bye week.