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Preview: Jets at Chargers


Philip Rivers has been the answer during the San Diego Chargers' three-game winning streak while Geno Smith continues to provide questions as the New York Jets have dropped three in a row. The two quarterbacks likely will be in the spotlight for drastically different reasons on Sunday when the teams meet in San Diego. Rivers threw for a season-high 377 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 33-14 victory over Jacksonville and has tossed eight TD passes during the team's winning streak.

"He's probably the league MVP if you took that vote right now," New York coach Rex Ryan admitted of Rivers, who is enjoying a career-best 114.5 passer rating. On the flip side rests Smith, who went 17-of-33 for 209 yards while tossing his fifth interception of the season in a 24-17 loss to Detroit last week. The second-year quarterback didn't do himself any favors by yelling a profanity at a heckler following the game before getting testy with a reporter on Wednesday who questioned if a relief appearance by Michael Vick could be the "best avenue to take" to provide a spark for the team.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -6.5. O/U: 43.5

ABOUT THE JETS (1-3): Cornerback Dee Milliner is expected to return after missing three of the team's first four games with ankle and quadriceps injuries. The availability of the former first-round selection should be a plus for a New York secondary that has yielded nine touchdown passes without an interception this season. Offseason acquisition Eric Decker returned from a hamstring injury and reeled in a touchdown pass versus the Lions, but has yet to notch a 100-yard receiving performance in nine career games against the Chargers.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (3-1): Rivers has found a connection with both Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal, as the former reeled in a season-high 135 yards versus the Jaguars while the latter recorded his second two-touchdown performance in as many weeks. The aerial attack notwithstanding, the Chargers aren't make much hay on the ground - with their 2.4 yards per carry residing 0.7 fewer than the next closest teams (Detroit, Carolina). With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead sidelined with injuries, Donald Brown has mustered just 100 yards on 50 carries.

EXTRA POINTS

1. San Diego's plus-5 turnover differential is second only to Cincinnati (plus-6) while New York is tied with three other teams with a league-worst minus-5.

2. New York has yielded an NFL-leading 63.3 yards per game on the ground - a full 6 1/2 yards fewer than second-ranked San Francisco.

3. Chargers K Nick Novak was selected as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after converting all four of his field-goal attempts and three extra points versus Jacksonville.

PREDICTION: Chargers 24, Jets 20

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Tyrod Taylor

    Chest
    day-to-day | questionable

    Taylor was held out of the previous game due to a chest injury, and it has yet to be established if it will impede his status for Week 3 versus the Panthers.

  • Drue Tranquill

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tranquill is expected to miss a substantial length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a broken knee.

  • Donald Parham Jr.

    Illness
    day-to-day | questionable

    Parham Jr. sat out the previous game due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will participate in Week 3 versus the Panthers.

  • Rayshawn Jenkins

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jenkins left the previous game due to a groin injury, and his status for Week 3 versus the Panthers is in question.

  • Justin Jones

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones was removed from the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against the Panthers in Week 3.

  • Justin Jackson

    Quadricep
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jackson missed the last game due to an injured quad, and it is unclear if he will play Week 3 against the Panthers.

  • Mike Pouncey

    Hip
    I-R | I-R

    Pouncey has been sent to the injured reserve list due to hip surgery.

  • Bryan Bulaga

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bulaga exited the last game with a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Week 3 versus the Panthers.

New York Jets

  • Denzel Mims

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mims has been shifted to the injured reserve list with an injury to both hamstrings and will miss an extended period.

  • Breshad Perriman

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Perriman was lifted from the last game with an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active against the Colts during Week 3.

  • Quincy Wilson

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Wilson was forced from the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion. It has yet to be established if he will be cleared in time for Week 3 versus the Colts.

  • Chris Hogan

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hogan was removed from the last game with injured ribs, and it is undetermined if he will take the filed Week 3 versus the Colts.

  • Jamison Crowder

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Crowder missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Week 3 against the Colts.

  • Arthur Maulet

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Maulet exited the previous game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Colts in Week 3.

  • Connor McGovern

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    McGovern departed the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Colts during Week 3.

  • Blake Cashman

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Cashman will be on the injured reserve list for an unknown length of time due to a groin injury.