Young players continue ascent

The Chargers scored 31 points, the most given up the Jets this season. They had not given up more than 27 all year long and were averaging 19.9 points per game entering Sunday.

The Chargers continue to be the NFL's highest scoring team with 252 points. Their average of 28 points per contest is second in the NFL to the New York Giants' 29.125 points per game.

"I have to hand it to our offensive line," quarterback Drew Brees said. "We have some guys hurt and had a new left tackle in the game going up against John Abraham, one of the best in the league and I feel like he did a great job all game long. Obviously, Abraham got in on that one at the end, but I thought those guys played incredible all game long."

The Chargers have not lost by more than four points in 23 consecutive games, including playoffs. It is the sixth longest streak in league history, dating back to 1950. If they can accomplish the feat against Buffalo, they will tie San Francisco and New England for fourth-best at 24 straight.

Antonio Gates surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark for the second straight game. It is the first time in his career that he has posted successive 100-yard receiving games.

"Number 85 (Antonio Gates) made some plays," Jets head coach Herman Edwards said. "Going in we knew we had to slow him down. Their quarterback (Drew Brees) did a good job of getting Gates the ball. We tried to get our hands on Gates and not give him free shots down the field. He is one of the better tight ends in the league. He was hot today. They made some throws and he made some catches."

Gates has 18 receptions for 277 yards over the last two games.

"They call upon people to make plays in this offense and fortunately I was able to make a play," said Gates.

Shaun Phillips notched two sacks on Sunday against the Jets to double his season total to four. It is the first career multi-sack game for the two-year linebacker.

"I got to study film a lot this week," said Phillips. "I noticed that I had a chance and coach gave me some isolations."

Shawne Merriman notched his fifth sack of the year in the fourth quarter. It was aided by pressure from Stephen Cooper who caused Bollinger to move in the direction of Merriman. His five sacks have come in the last five games and leads all rookies in the category.

"We have a lot of young players making progress," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

Vincent Jackson entered the game on the second play of the first series, lining up wide right. He caught his first pass of the year in the second quarter, a ball that traversed 18 yards.

Caldwell had three catches in the first 20 minutes of the game and five for 43 yards on the day with no fumbles, but he did have two false start penalties. His five catches were a career-high.

The Chargers used a variety of formations and looks on their opening scoring drive. They lined up with Vincent Jackson out wide, Lorenzo Neal as the lone running back, and Darren Sproles in the backfield.

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