Rex Ryan and Norv Turner have been trading verbal barbs all week. Ryan’s 3-3 New York Jets have disappointed thus far while Turner’s Chargers have started strong (for once), boasting a 4-1 record. With such an entertaining week of trash talk, the play on the field should be intense, hard-hitting, and physical. Here are three keys to this Week 7 match-up..

Norv Being Norv--AP Photo

#1 Slow Down Phil Rivers:

Phillip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Rivers possesses the arm strength and accuracy that few quarterbacks have in the NFL. Statistically, Rivers hasn’t been great so far in 2011 (8 TDs, 7 INTs), but he has led his team to four victories. Rivers has two huge 6’5″ targets in Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd that the Jets will need to account for and slow down. Antonio Gates probably won’t play, so the Jets won’t have to worry about him. However, putting pressure on Rivers early and often will disrupt the entire Charger offense.

#2 Stay Aggressive:

The Jet offense looked lost during the first quarter against the Dolphins. However, the offense started to get in a rhythm after a few big plays on defense and special teams. Shonn Greene ran hard and Broadway Mark took shots down the field. Sanchez needs to feed the ball to Santonio Holmes. San Diego’s pass defense has been pedestrian this season, so look for the Jets to feature Holmes early. 

#3 Play 60 Minutes of Quality Football:

The Jets haven’t played 60 minutes of quality football this season. Forget about the Jaguars, forget about the Ravens. The Jets have yet to give the fan base a complete game. The Jets can shut a lot of people up by defending their home turf and beating a quality opponent. That process starts as soon as the whistle blows at 1:00PM. 

The Chargers are coming off a bye week and the Jets are coming off a ‘big’ win. This game will be physical, hard-hitting, and low-scoring. I expect the Chargers to beat the Jets in a close one.

San Diego 24
Jets 20