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Familiar Foe

By Jets Insider.com Staff
November 2nd, 2005
The Jets will have to put a lot of pressure on Chargers QB Drew Brees this Sunday for a chance to win. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets will have to put a lot of pressure on Chargers QB Drew Brees this Sunday for a chance to win. (Jets Insider.com Photo)

The Jets have played the Chargers in San Diego three times over the past three seasons, winning all matchups including a 20-17 playoff victory in January. This year, the teams meet again at the Meadowlands and despite a .500 record, the Bolts are six point favorites over the battered Jets.

Even at 4-4, Head Coach Herm Edwards knows the Chargers are better than their record .

“San Diego is a very good football team,” said Edwards. “Their record is 4¬-4, really doesn't indicate what type of team they are. They have a very high ¬powered offense, averaging about 27 points, a game. Their runner, (LaDanian Tomlinson) is one of the best runners in the league, has ten touchdowns. He catches the ball very well coming out of the backfield.”

In 2002 with an identical 2-5 record as this year, the Jets went into San Diego to face the 6-1 Chargers. They went on to beat the Bolts 44-13 and it turned around their season. The Jets won their division and made it to the second round of the playoffs.

However, this year as all Jets fans know is a bit different. Hammered with injuries to key players it would indeed be a true miracle for the team to make a similar comeback as they did in 2002. The Coach knows he has to play a near perfect game to win. Something they have not been able to do. In fact, due to turnovers, the team has been in constant holes to start games.

“We turn the ball over a lot,” said the Coach. “We haven't had a lot of success completing drives and we've had a lot of three ¬and ¬outs. When that happens to you, you don't get any rhythm, and you don't function real well, so you're behind. And when you play from behind, that's not good.”

Despite the Jets’ past success against San Diego, the Coach knows past history means nothing this season. “We're familiar with them,” said Edwards. “But you' still have to execute, and we've got to execute really well if we're going to beat them.”

Under the circumstances, the Jets defense has played commendably and rank 18th in the league. When given a lead, they flourish. They are just hoping for the offense to get out of it’s funk to relieve a bit of the pressure.

With a feisty confident Chargers defense coming to town, that’s going to be a tough task.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Jets join new cable network. The team announced today that they have joined Sportsnet New York, which is the new cable sports network created by the NY Mets, Comcast and Time Warner to broadcast Mets games. The network will be the “Official NY Jets Network” and show various original NY Jets programming. The Jets have been virtually shut off of cable TV since they cancelled the seasonal weekly “Jets Journal” TV show off of MSG Network due to their stadium dispute with Madison Square Garden and Cablevision.

INJURY REPORT QB Vinny Testaverde (calf) and RB Curtis Martin (Knee) both participated in practice today but were limited. They both should be ready to go against the Chargers. WR Justin McCareins was added to the list with a sore Achilles’ tendon but he is probable for Sunday.

-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder): Out
-RB Derrick Blaylock (ankle): Out
-S Oliver Celestin (knee): Questionable
-QB Vinny Testaverde (calf): Probable
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): Probable
-WR Justin McCareins (sore Achilles’): Probable

The Jets return to practice tomorrow. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest Jets news.

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