Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wrap-up: Jets 27, Chargers 21
By Bill Williamson
What it means: The San Diego Chargers have been living dangerously. They opened the season 4-1, but none of their four wins was impressive. Folks around the league were wondering when it would catch up to them. Ironically, in the first half Sunday, the Chargers did look good. They led 21-10. Then, it all fell apart as LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie’s Jets outscored the Chargers 17-0 in the second half to drop San Diego to 4-2.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Chargers’ passing game lagged Sunday. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers couldn’t get much going vertically. Star receiver Vincent Jackson was targeted just four times. He had just one catch for 15 yards. In the first five games, the Chargers completed six passes of 30-plus yards. They didn’t have any Sunday. Quarterback Philip Rivers had his worst game of the season. He was 16-of-32 for 179 yards. He was intercepted twice and he has now thrown nine interceptions this season. He had nine interceptions in the entire 2009 season.
Mathews contained: The Chargers’ problems on offense weren’t just in the air. Second-year running back Ryan Mathews had just 39 yards rushing on 13 carries. He had been very strong this season, but the Jets’ defense shut him down.
What’s next: The Chargers play at Kansas City on Oct. 31 on "Monday Night Football."