It figures to be a good match up as the Chargers' run defense, which is allowing but 78 yards per game, will have to contain Curtis Martin. With the uncertainties around the Jets' passing game, the Chargers are expecting a heavy dose of Martin.
"We're going into that game looking to stop the run," cornerback Quentin Jammer said. "They are a tough, physical football team and they like to pound the ball. We will try and stop the run and make them one dimensional, and hopefully make some plays on the ball."
There have been few of those from the secondary. The Chiefs' Trent Green threw for 347 yards and two scores against it last week. And despite the ball being in the air 43 times, the secondary had but one pass defensed.
But might that be different against Vinny Testaverde, the Jets' 41-year-old quarterback?
"He's old," Jammer said, "but he can wing it."
The Chargers wing it to the East Coast for the third time this season. And once again they will be facing a well-rested opponent.
It's the fourth Chargers rival in their past five games coming off a bye. The Chiefs were the only one not enjoying an extra week of rest, but they had two additional days to prepare because of playing early because of Hurricane Wilma.
After this week, the Chargers get to regroup for a week on their bye. And they will welcome the break as the offensive line and linebacker positions have been beset with injuries.
But first comes the Jets.