Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Chargers 27, Jets 17
By Bill Williamson
A look at a good effort by the Chargers:
What it means: Not a whole lot, really. The Chargers are 6-9 and they have clinched second place in a bad division. This is the Chargers' second road win in three weeks. But the problem is the Chargers have been inconsistent all season and this will not change the inevitable: The Chargers are going to make wholesale changes.
Smothering pass rush: The Chargers registered 11 sacks Sunday. It was one fewer than the NFL record. That is an incredible performance. Rookie defensive lineman Kendall Reyes has been coming on strong and he had 3.5 sacks, and linebacker Shaun Phillips had 2.5.
Solid day for Rivers: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw for just 165 yards, but he had two touchdown passes and did not commit a turnover. The Chargers will take that every week.
Spurlock helps again: Returner/receiver Micheal Spurlock continued to make an impression. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 63-yard punt return. He could have a future with the team.
Taylor tears ACL: In his first NFL start, safety Brandon Taylor tore his ACL. He could be challenged to be ready for the start of next season.
San Diego ground woes continue: The Chargers had just 87 yards rushing on 30 carries. The Chargers haven’t had a rushing touchdown since Week 5. Every other team in the league has scored at least two touchdowns on the ground.
Yardage dearth continues: The Chargers had 223 yards of offense. San Diego has had fewer than 300 yards (which is a modest amount) in each of the past six games.
What it means: The Norv Turner-A.J. Smith era will very, very likely end at home against Oakland next Sunday.