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Chargers Week 5 Scouting Report: The Jets Defense

By Jake Hefner
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 On Sunday, The New York Jets (1-3) head west to face the red hot San Diego Chargers (3-1).  While The Chargers look to stay on top of the AFC WEST, The Jets are desperately looking for a win after falling in their last three straight.

The Jets have won the last two of three matchups against The Chargers since 2010. Going back to 2002, The Jets have had The Chargers number winning 4 of the last 5 meetings in San Diego.


Even without a running attack, quarterback Philip Rivers has put the offense on his shoulders and carried the team on a 3 game win-streak. The Jets pass defense has struggled to make plays since their victory against The Oakland Raiders in week 1. A combination of injuries and poor play has helped opposing quarterbacks pick apart their defense one play at a time.

The first 4 quarterbacks that have faced The Jets defense have finished with an average QBR of 103.5. Currently, Rivers posts a league best 114.5 passer rating while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Last week against The Lions, Jets CB Antonio Allen was beat for a 59 yard touchdown by Wide Receiver Jeremy Ross. But it was linebacker David Harris that was gashed for 123 yards on 7 targets and a touchdown.

Rivers may look to follow that same plan on Sunday and expose the middle of the Jets backfield with tight end Antonio Gates and wide receiver Keenan Allen.

MU-Hammad, MO-Problems:

 Through four games, The Jets have tallied 10 total sacks. Defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson have accounted for 5 of them. The duo is the unquestionable “muscle” of The Jets front seven.

Wilkerson leads the defense with 16 combined tackles while Richardson is right behind him with 14. Head Coach Rex Ryan knows how to make an offense become one dimensional better than most coaches in the NFL. He is creative with his pass rushers and is a master at disguising blitzes. 

So far, The Jets defensive line still follows the aggressive tone of its head coach, stopping the run and getting to the quarterback.