But while the defensive line lost a lot with the departure of Jenkins, honestly, if you look at LT's numbers, the Jets still held their own against the run. Tomlinson ran 26 times for 67 yards. And aside from a 21 yard run from Darren Sproles he didn't kill them either.
Kenyon Coleman did some good work in run support with five tackles.
Linebacker: Even though the Chargers put up big numbers on offense, the linebackers really didn't play that bad. Antonio Gates had just one catch against a linebacker (David Harris), and it wasn't the touchdown. On area for the linebackers that wasn't great was dealing with backs catching passes out of the backfield. But covering short, quick backs like LT and Sproles is a nightmare for most NFL linebackers - a terrible matchup.
Calvin Pace did a lot of good things. Pace shed Gates and stopped LT for no gain on the Chargers second drive. Pace blew by LT Marcus McNeil causing Rivers to rush a throw to Gates, and the Chargers had kick a first quarter field goal.
Vernon Gholston flashed a little. His best play was when he did a great job shedding a blocker and hitting Phillip Rivers as he threw. The pass was complete, but it was still an impressive effort. Gholston also did a terrific job stopping TE Brandon Manumaleuna after a short gain in the flat.
Eric Barton had a PD on LT on the Chargers third drive.
Bryan Thomas was a little quiet. His best play was when he stopped LT on the line at the beginning of the second half.
Defensive Line: The secondary started off with a bang, and then the bottom dropped out.
Dave Barrett picked off Phillip Rivers on a pass to Antonio Gates and returned it for a touchdown early in the first quarter. On the next drive, Barrett had a near pick over the middle on a pass to Vincent Jackson. Barrett was late coming over on Buster Davis on a gain of 11 on the third drive.
The Chargers seemed to be picking on Dwight Lowery. At first, the kid was up for the challenge.
Lowery had a tremendous PD on Vincent Jackson down the deep right sideline. It was diving PD. Lowery also had a PD on Gates that forced the Chargers to kick a field goal on their second drive. Gates beat Lowery on a fade in the right corner of the end zone for second quarter TD - the coverage wasn't terrible - it was a perfect pass.
Jackson beat Lowery for a gain of 60 down the right sideline in the fourth quarter.
Davis beat Drew Coleman on a slant that gained 20 yards on the Chargers second drive.
Ben Graham punted well. His first punt traveled 40 yards and was downed on the 15. His second punt was downed on the five.
The kick return game was brilliant. Leon Washington had a Jet record 198 yards on returns, including a 94-yarder. Brad Smith and Jerricho Cotchery also had long returns. Smith had a nice block down field on the long Washington return. Mike DeVito had a key block at the beginning of the return.
Vernon Gholston recovered an onside kick. The Jets other onside kick was clearly a big mistake. It didn't work and gave the Chargers great field position.
Jay Feely connected on his only field goal attempt.