Charger Inside Report

The Chargers look at Sunday's game with the New York Jets as an opportunity for some revenge.

No team beat the Chargers twice last year in their run to the AFC West -- other than the Jets. Not only were the Jets the lone squad to win at Qualcomm Stadium in the regular season, but they eliminated the Chargers there in the postseason as well.

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.


This time, the Chargers didn't squander a fourth-quarter lead in defeating the Chiefs, 28-20, at Qualcomm Stadium.

Tight end Antonio Gates tied a career-high with three touchdown catches and LaDainian Tomlinson threw his third one in as many passes this season to outlast the Chiefs.

In all four of the Chargers' losses, they let fourth-quarter leads slip away. But after the Chiefs pulled to within 21-13 with 12 minutes to play, Gates caught his third touchdown pass to secure the win.


-- LT Roman Oben left the game with a foot injury. If he can't go Sunday, Leander Jordan would make his sixth NFL start and first since 2001; the previous starts were all at right guard.

-- OLB Steve Foley suffered a setback with his abdominal strain injury and could miss his second straight game.

-- ILB Stephen Cooper replaced starter Randall Godfrey (neck) and played pretty well. The plan is for Cooper, a special-teams standout, to take over for Godfrey when the 10-year pro retires at the end of the season.

-- K Nate Kaeding's back has become problematic and P Mike Scifres handled the kickoffs against the Chiefs.

-- Rookie OLB Shawn Merriman, the draft's 12th overall selection, had two sacks in his second NFL start.

-- Rookie WR Vincent Jackson, a second-round pick, was active for the first time this year. He failed to make a catch.

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