PFF Preview: Jets @ Chargers, Week 5
This appears to be a game featuring two teams headed in opposite directions. Despite a rash of injuries the Chargers continue to win games while the Jets have been unable to grab the reigns of the league’s weakest division.
It will be interesting, though, to see if the Jets can take advantage of their apparent edge in the trenches this week. All three of New York’s starting defensive lineman have positive overall grades. Muhammad Wilkerson leads the charge at +9.2 but Sheldon Richardson (+5.3) and Damon Harrison (+3.6) are not far off.
Across the ball, left tackle King Dunlap is the only Chargers offensive lineman who can make that claim (+4.8). The other four projected starters combine for a shockingly low -25.6. With Johnnie Troutman (-9.7) and Chad Rinehart (-9.0) really looking out of sorts so far. The Chargers have worked their way to 3-1 despite this – even while playing some of the best teams in the league – however the Jets likely bring the best 3-4 front in the league with them on Sunday.
Here are three noteworthy numbers for each side:
New York Jets
Dawan Landry – is one of only two safeties with at least 55 snaps who hasn’t missed a tackle. The other player is Charger safety Eric Weddle.
Nick Mangold – Mangold owns the best overall grade among centers at +9.9. He’s also the only qualifying center who has yet to give up a pressure.
Chris Ivory – has the best Elusive Rating among running backs with at least 50 carries at 118.7. The nearest player is at 96.0 (Cowboys’ Demarco Murray).
San Diego Chargers
Brandon Flowers – Flowers has by far the best overall grade among corners at +10.1 (Perrish Cox in second place at +6.4). He’s also tops in league in Coverage Snaps per Reception in the slot (15.2).
Philip Rivers – leads all signal callers in PFF QB Rating (101.95) and Yards per Attempt (8.43). On pace to throw 36 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Dwight Freeney – Freeney leads all 3-4 outside linebackers in Pass Rush Productivity at 15.5. Notching 22 pressures on 110 snaps pass rush.
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