Friday, January 15, 2010
NFL FOOTBALL- Divisonal Round Previews
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
The J-E-T-S Jets are flying to San Diego to face the best team in the NFL this weekend.
The Chargers have won 11 games in a row and are expected to advance to their second AFC Championship Game in three years.
The Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan, is doing his best impersonation of his dad, Buddy Ryan, with the brash predictions for his team.
The Chargers have an explosive offense and the highest scoring team in the AFC while the Jets boast the stingiest defense in the entire NFL and can stop opponents' passing games in a heart beat.
Something has to give, right?
The last time these two teams played each other, Brett Favre was the quarterback in New York and the Chargers smashed the Jets 49-29 on a Monday Night Football game.
San Diego's defense is getting NO respect at all and all they have done is steadily improve against the run and pass all season long and they are facing a ROOKIE QB this weekend.
The Chargers can get after it defensively as well and with their offense, led by QB Philip Rivers and bolstered by wide receivers Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee and All-Pro Tight End Antonio Gates, is simply awesome. It doesn't hurt to have LaDainian Tomilnson and Darren Sproles in the backfield either.
The Jets simply do not match up offensively with the Chargers, even with Thomas Jones running the football.
Mark Sanchez is the quarterback and threw 20 interceptions in the regular season. His receivers include Braylon Edwards, Tight End Dustin Kellar and Jerhico Cotchery. The backup running back is Shonn Jones, another rookie who had a big day in the wild card game win over Cincinnati last week.
The Jets defense will look to pressure Philip Rivers into mistakes, much like Pittsburgh and Denver did early in the season, when the Chargers got off to their usual slow start at 2-3.
These two teams have been hot, evidenced by San Diego's 11-game winning streak and the Jets three-game streak and six wins in their last seven games.
If the Jets can hang tough with San Diego into the late stages of the game, they will definitely have a shot at winning this game. If this one turns into a shoot out, the Jets will get clobbered in much the same manner the Tennessee Titans did three weeks ago against the Chargers in a 42-17 loss.
The Chargers should win this game, barring a major letdown on BOTH sides of the football.
Here are heftyinfo's playoff picks for this weekend's games...
New Orleans over Arizona
Indianapolis over Baltimore
Minnesota over Dallas
San Diego over NY Jets
Last Week's playoff picks record: 3-1