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Jets vs. Chargers

Saturday, January 8, 2005; Page D10

Lean on Martin. If they're going to have any chance, the Jets have to keep the ball away from the San Diego offense. And that means handing off regularly to RB Curtis Martin, the oldest rushing champion in NFL history. Martin, 31, became the first runner in league history to have a 1,500-yard-plus rushing season without a run longer than 25 yards, so he can grind out first downs and keep the clock moving with the Chargers' offense on the sideline.

StopGates. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson and QB Drew Brees get most of the attention, but the biggest matchup problem for the Jets -- and just about anyone else -- is TE Antonio Gates. He is a game-breaker, with 13 TD catches this season, the most ever for an NFL tight end.

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Generate a Pass Rush. This has been a problem with DE John Abraham sidelined for the final four games of the regular season, and it's unclear whether Abraham (injured knee) will be available in even a limited role for this game.


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