At this point, Monday Night Football is becoming the night to bet the over. For the second straight week, the defenses took a nap, as the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers combined for a whopping 77 points as the Chargers won their first game of the season, 48-29. It was a tough night for the Jets, who fall to 1-2, and new QB Brett Favre. He threw a pair of picks, one of which was returned for a score in the first half in which the Chargers built a commanding 31-14 lead.
The night really belonged to two Chargers offensive stars – QB Philip Rivers and QB LaDainian Tomlinson. Rivers was 19-for-25 for 250 yards and three TD’s. He recovered after an early pick six the other way that gave the Jets a quick 7-0 lead. He had TD passes to Mike Tolbert (1 yard), Chris Chambers (27 yards) and Antonio Gates (6 yards). Tomlinson played the most he’s played in 08, and had two short TD runs and 67 yards on 26 carries.
As for Favre, he was 30-for-42 for 271 yards, three TD’s and two picks, one of which was brought back by the Chargers Antonio Cromartie 52 yards to make it 17-7 just 12 seconds into the second quarter. Favre was under pressure all night as he continued to try and get a groove with the Jets offense. He was officially sacked three times for minus 30 yards, but also was knocked down quite a few times.
The Jets were also punished when it came to the running game, as they were only able to manage 41 yards on 13 carries (3.2 per carry) as they fell behind early and were never in the game after San Diego went up 24-14 in the second quarter. New York also was just 1-for-8 on third downs, another indication of just how far Farve and the Jets offense is off right now.
As for the Chargers, this was about as big of a must win as there was for this team. They were snake-bitten through the first two games, losing on the last play to the Panthers in week one, and then last week getting robbed by the officials in a last second loss to the Broncos. They made sure to score more than enough on this night so no refs could take this win away from them.
Rivers continues to look like a star, and having L.T. back in the backfield is going to pay off, as he finally seems close to being the back the team is going to need to make a playoff run. It may be only three weeks, but the Chargers needed badly to get a win and gain some confidence before they take on the Raiders next Sunday.
As for New York, Favre and company had better get on the same page, or they are going to keep finding themselves time after time trying to fling the ball all over the field in desperate attempts to come back. They are better team than 2007 when they were 4-12, but right now, Favre or no Favre, they are not going to win many games if the defense doesn’t get better or the offense doesn’t get more in sync.