Jets at Chargers preview II

The San Diego Chargers enter the playoffs winners of nine of their past ten while the New York Jets have lost six of their past eleven.

NEW YORK JETS–AFC EAST (10-6) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS–AFC WEST (12-4)

SERIES

 

JETS

CHARGERS

LEADER

 

17-11-1

STREAKS

3 of past 4

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Edwards: 2-0

Schottenheimer: 2-5

VS. COMMON OPP.

NYJ: 3-0 (Cle 1-0, Hou 1-0, SD 1-0)

SD: 2-1 (Cle 1-0, Hou 1-0, NYJ 0-1)

PLAYOFF RECORD

7-9

7-11

LAST WEEK

L 32-29 (OT) at Rams

W 24-17 vs. Chiefs

LAST GAME

9/19/04: Jets 34 at Chargers 28. Jets RB Curtis Martin scores on Jets' 1st 2 possessions & becomes team's all-time rushing leader.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/19/04

LAST PLAYOFF

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BROADCAST

ABC (5:00 PM PT): Al Michaels, John Madden, Michelle Tafoya (Field reporter).

CBS Radio: Marv Albert, John Riggins, John Dockery (Field reporter).

STAT LEADERS

PASSING

Pennington: 242-370-2,673-16-9-91.0

Brees: 262-400-3,159-27(T3C)-7-104.8 (2C)

RUSHING

Martin: 371-1,697 (1L)-4.6-12

Tomlinson: 339-1,335-3.9-17 (1C)

RECEIVING

McCareins: 56-770-13.8-4

Gates: 81-964-11.9-13 (2C)

OFFENSE

339.9

347.0

TAKE/GIVE

+17 (2L)

+15 (3L)

DEFENSE

304.9

335.0

SACKS

Ellis: 11.0 (2C)

Foley: 10.0

INTs

Coleman (R): 4

D. Edwards: 5

PR

Moss: 8.3

Parker: 8.8

KOR

J. Carter: 22.0

Dwight: 24.4

PUNTING

Gowin: 38.2

Scifrees: 43.1

KICKING

Brien: 105 (33/34 PAT; 24/29 FG)

Kaeding (R): 114 (54/55 PAT; 20/25 FG)

 

NOTES: HEAD COACH MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER of San Diego hired New York Jets head coach HERMAN EDWARDS as his defensive backs coach for Kansas City (1992-94) when Schottenheimer was Chiefs head coach (1989-98).  Edwards also served Kansas City as scout (1990-91, 1995) during Schottenheimer's tenure.

JETS: Club in playoffs for 3rd time in 4 seasons under head coach Edwards……Edwards is 1st head coach in club history to lead team to playoffs three times.  Edwards is 1st Jets coach to lead team to pair of double-digit-win seasons (2001, 2004) since 1985-86.  Edwards played college football & graduated from San Diego State……Inside opponents' 20-yard line, QB Chad Pennington has thrown 39 TDs vs. 0 INTs in career.  Pennington is AFC's 6th rated passer (91.0) & stands 5th in AFC in completion pct. (65.4).  Pennington (4) needs 1 TD pass to surpass Richard Todd & Vinny Testaverde for most all-time in by Jets QB……NFL All-Star Curtis Martin (1,679) is oldest player to win NFL rushing title (31 years, 246 days).  Martin (10) & HOF RB Barry Sanders (10) are only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of 1st 10 seasons.  In Wk 2 mtg, Martin rushed 32 times for 119 yds & 2 TDs.  RB Jerald Sowell tied for 2nd on team w/ 45 catches.  RB LaMont Jordan averaged 5.2-yards per carry on 93 rushes in 2004……This season, WR Justin McCareins posted career-highs in receptions (56) & yards (770).  McCareins recorded 2+ catches in 15 of 16 games.  WR Santana Moss (18.6) owns NFL's 2nd-best per catch avg. among NFL players w/ 45+ catches.  Rookie WR-KR Jerricho Cotchery (No. 108) had 94-yd KR-TD last wk at St.L……Club (+17) owns NFL's 2nd-best turnover ratio……Defense ranks No. 7 in NFL (304.9).  Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma (No. 12) posted 38-yard INT-TD last week & finished 2nd on team w/ 116 tackles.  DEs Shaun Ellis (11.0) & NFL All-Star John Abraham (9.5) stand No. 1 & 2 on team in sacks.  Club's leading tackler LB Eric Barton (126) tied for NFL-best 4 fumble recoveries by defensive player.

CHARGERS:  Head coach Schottenheimer is 5th coach in NFL history to lead 3 teams to postseason (Browns 1985-88; Chiefs 1990-95, 1997; Chargers 2004).  Has won 182 career NFL games, including playoffs, for most by active NFL head coach……NFL All-Star QB Drew Brees posted 3rd-highest passer rating in NFL (104.8) & recorded 2nd-best completion pct. by Chargers QB in history (65.5 pct.).  Brees' 27 TD passes tie Dan Fouts (1985) & John Hadl (1968) for 3rd-most in season in team annals.  Brees (109.0) owns NFL's third-best 4th-qtr passer rating w/ 6 TDs vs. 1 INT, completing 49 of 78 passes for 62.8 pct.  Brees is NFL-best 11 for 11 (1.000) on 3rd & 1 rush attempts……NFL All-Star LaDainian Tomlinson led league w/ 17 rushing TDs & scored TD in 21 of past 22 games played.  Tomlinson tied for 3rd in AFC total scrimmage yards w/ 1,776 (1,335 rush, 441 receiving).  Two-time All-Star makes NFL playoff debut.  In Wk 2 mtg, Tomlinson carried 19 times for 87 yards & 1 TD.  Jesse Chatman has 6.0-yd-per-carry avg. on 65 carries in 2004……All-Star Antonio Gates posted 13 TD catches – most by TE in NFL history.  Gates posted 3+ catches in 13 of 15 games.  Eric Parker leads Charger WRs w/ career-high 47 receptions; had total of 35 catches in 1st 2 seasons combined……Team 3rd in NFL w/ +15 turnover margin……Donnie Edwards has 4 INTs in past 4 games.  Leads team & ties for NFL LB INT lead w/ 5 on season.  Steve Foley 2nd among NFL LBs in sacks (10.0).  Anchored in middle by Jamal Williams, rush defense No. 3 in NFL (81.7 per game)……Tim Dwight finished 6th in AFC w/ 24.4 KR avg. w/ 1 TD.  Rookie Nate Kaeding (No. 65) was 20 of 25 in FGs on season (80.0 pct.) w/ 114 points for franchise rookie scoring record.


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