The New York Jets travel to San Diego for a Sunday afternoon game against the Chargers in Week 5. Our GameDay Is Here staff gives their predictions on the game. Click here for our three keys to a Jets victory.
New York Jets (1-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Betting Line: Jets +7
Brad Carroll (2-2 straight up, 1-3 vs. spread)
Chargers 27, Jets 21
The Jets are already in panic mode, losing three straight games with coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Geno Smith sitting on the hot seat. Fans have started pleading for Michael Vick to play instead of Smith, and for good reason. The Jets have come close to winning each game they've played, but one or two huge mistakes ruin it all. History will repeat itself again.
Matt Straub (2-2, 1-3)
Jets 27, Chargers 17
As someone who has him on my fantasy team, I can tell you Donald Brown won't be able to run the ball against the Jets, and teams who have to throw aren't as good as teams who throw by choice. A motivated Geno Smith leads the way to victory.
Craig Carroll (2-2, 2-2)
Jets 31, Chargers 21
Geno Smith's season and possibly career is on the line, with everyone under the sun calling for Michael Vick to take over as starting quarterback, except Rex Ryan or John Idzik or whomever is really making the call on who should start. Geno answers the call this week by having his best game as a pro, leading the Jets to a much-needed victory and quiets the media and fan base calling for Vick for at least another week.
Glenn Carroll (1-1, 1-1)
Chargers 34, Jets 13
The Jets secondary is embarrassing, starting with Calvin Pryor. The big talk, giggle when asked a question, overrated, over-drafted safety has been nothing short of a bust for the Jets. He hasn't shown the ability to make a play (dropping a potential pick-six in Week 1), make a tackle (too often to name), or cover (he was exposed against the Lions and Packers as just a rookie with a big mouth). He is on his way to being the next Kyle Wilson, and Jets fans know what that means. Other reasons why the Jets continue their losing streak are bad coaching (false start penalties at home as an example) and terrible decisions by the quarterback. If Jets fans didn't have to be punished by Mark Sanchez, than maybe Geno Smith would be allowed growing pains, but for an angry, upset and tired fan base, they will demand a change.