FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Much has been made of the difficulty the Jets will face in stopping San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers' multi-dimensional pass attack, which ranked fifth in the NFL this season. But the Jets played five games against the four passing attacks ranked ahead of the Chargers and got burned badly only once, in a 31-14 loss at New England in which they allowed a season-worst 299 passing yards.
They went 3-2 in those games, splitting two games with the Patriots, beating Houston and Indianapolis and losing to New Orleans. Combining the stats of New England's Tom Brady, New Orleans' Drew Brees, Houston's Matt Schaub and Indy's Peyton Manning (OK, backup Curtis Painter, too), the Jets allowed those top quarterbacks to complete 57.8 percent of their passes for an average of 214.4 yards per game, with three interceptions and only one touchdown pass in five games. That was Brady's 4-yard quick strike to Randy Moss in front of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, of all people.
The numbers suggest Rivers has his work cut out for him.
On the other hand, winning the turnover battle will be very difficult. The Chargers totaled only 17 turnovers, which ranked second in the league behind Green Bay's 16. And Rivers never has thrown more than two interceptions in a game in his entire 68-game career.
Notes & quotes: The only name on the Chargers' official injury report remains that of punter Mike Scifres, who has a groin injury but practiced fully and is listed as probable.