On Sunday the New York Jets (6-8) take on the San Diego Chargers (5-9) at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. EST). The Jets are coming off of a playoff eliminating loss to the Titans while the Chargers were lumped up by the Carolina Panthers. Lets take a look at some of the keys to the game from the New York Jets perspective.
McElroy time- Quarterback Greg McElroy will be making his first NFL start on Sunday. The young quarterback gave the team a spark in relief duties against the Arizona Cardinals three weeks ago, and I expect the same on Sunday. Look for the Jets to keep the game plan simple built around the power running game and quick passing attack.
Running into a wall? Statistically the Chargers have one of the best run defenses in the NFL (currently ranked 7th) which could put a lot of pressure on offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and his inexperienced quarterback. The offensive line must consistently win the battles at the line of scrimmage in order for the Jets to have any type of success on offense.
Excited Edwards- It is more than obvious that Braylon Edwards is excited to be back with the New York Jets. With all things considered Edwards played well last week with a couple of catches that resulted in first downs. Look for Braylon to continue to work hard in an effort to earn a spot with the team in 2013.
Pressure Rivers- San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has struggled this season accounting for 22 turnovers. Rivers has a propensity to throw interceptions when pressured, therefore the Jets must make it their job to get hits early and often on the veteran signal caller.
Play aggressive- The Jets should come out with a very aggressive defensive game plan with the goal of breaking the Chargers’ will by halftime. A west coast team playing out the string will fold if they are getting the game taken to them. Rex Ryan should bring the heat in terms of a pass rush.
Coples and Davis- Now that the team is eliminated from the playoffs the Jets should give their rookies plenty of playing time. Look for Quinton Coples, Demario Davis and several other young players to get a shot at making some plays on Sunday.
This game has a preseason feel to it as both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. From a Jets perspective you want to see the young players perform well and for the team as a whole to play hard. You will learn a lot about Rex Ryan and his team when they have nothing to play for. Jets 20-9