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Prepping for the Jets and Chargers

9/22/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- I have landed and I am preparing to go to the stadium for tonight's game.

I am fired up for this one. This is a game involving some major stars and both teams need this game. If the Brett Favre era in New York is going to take off, the 1-1 Jets need to win tonight. If the Chargers -- they of enormous preseason Super Bowl aspirations -- are going to stay alive in the AFC West, they need to win their first game and not fall three games behind upstart Denver.

Courtesy of ESPN's terrific research department, here are some interesting Favre factoids:

  • Favre is 5-0 in his career vs. the Chargers with 13 TD passes and four interceptions for a 103.5 passer rating.

  • Brett Favre has a 7-0 career record in regular-season games in the state of California, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • The Packers scored an average of 28.6 points in those games.

  • Favre's statistics: 141-for-210 (67 percent), 1,726 yards, 16 TD passes, three interceptions, 111.7 rating.

  • Favre has thrown at least three TD passes in his last four games against San Diego, one game shy of tying the NFL record for most consecutive games with three passing TDs against one opponent since the merger (1970).

Meanwhile, the early word today is that Chargers' star running back LaDainian Tomlinson will try to play with a turf toe injury that has bothered him in both games. However, he will likely be limited. That means Darren Sproles, who was explosive at Denver last week in the running, passing and return game, could have a major role for the Chargers' tonight.

Finally, keep an eye on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. The Chargers aren't 0-2 because of Rivers. The quarterback, coming off a torn AFCL, has played fabulously so far this season.