Philip Rivers has been the model of consistency this season. He’s thrown 28 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. His lowest passer rating in any game was a, 84.5 in the season opener against the Raiders and he’s been over 100 in six of the last eight games. He’s been virtually mistake-proof.
So what makes the Jets think they can trip him up?
“It’s the due factor,” Rex Ryan said. “He’s due, right? You can’t play the whole season and not have a bad day.”
Calvin Pace said Rivers won’t make mistakes on his own.
“That’s where we come into play,” he said. “Make him make a few mistakes.”
How is that done?
“Make him get impatient and hopefully force him to make a mistake and throw an interception,” Pace said. “I think when your offense is predicated around big plays, there’s an ability to make them impatient and make them step out of the box and do some things they don’t want to do. It’s going to be the biggest challenge we’ve had as far as an explosive offense.”
Ryan agreed about the test.
“It’s a heck of a team, heck of a challenge,” he said. “But we think we are pretty good on defense so we are going to find out. Something is going to give.”