Saturday, December 22, 2012

Week 16 AFC East game picks: Chargers at Jets

Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche and Sean Donovan pick the New York Jets' home bout with the San Diego Chargers.

Nick's take:
Quarterback Greg McElroy, who will be making his first career start, will be the beneficiary of something Mark Sanchez has lacked all season: fan support. A strong running game, a conservative passing attack and a stout defensive showing against the turnover-prone Phillip Rivers gives the Chargers the higher draft pick come April.
Prediction: Jets 17, Chargers 14 (Nick's record: 34-12)

Sean's take:
San Diego's defense is inconsistent, but it certainly has the ability to force a young, inexperienced passer in McElroy into numerous mistakes. A beatdown at the hands of the Chargers punctuates what has been a mess of a season for New York.
Prediction: Chargers 28, Jets 17 (Sean's record: 36-10)

Dan's take:
The Chargers' defense is allowing a quarterback rating of nearly 90 to opposing signal callers and a third down percentage of almost 43 percent. San Diego has lost five of its last six and should have its hand full with New York's 10th-ranked rushing attack.
Prediction: Jets 20, Chargers 13 (Dan's record: 27-19)