The argument that Mark Sanchez was the only problem with the Jets was put to rest at the Meadowlands on Sunday.
Greg McElroy was sacked 11 times, turned the ball over twice and the Jets defense got beaten for a couple of Philip Rivers touchdown passes en route to a 27-17 loss. McElroy and the offensive line were both to blame for the high sack total as they alternated between not blocking well and holding onto the ball way too long over the course of the afternoon. Kendall Reyes had 3.5 sacks for the Chargers, Shaun Phillips dropped McElroy 2.5 times and Corey Liuget added two more to lead the sack parade for San Diego.
All of those sacks made it possible for the Chargers offense to wake up after an awful first half performance. Rivers hit Danario Alexander for a 37-yard score and Antonio Gates scored on a 34-yard strike as the Chargers rang up 20 straight points after falling behind 14-7 in the first half of the game. Rivers, who was sacked four times himself, was just 11-of-22 for 165 yards on the day. That indicates how little the Chargers offense did overall, but there were no turnovers from a quarterback who has had too many of them and that was enough to beat the Jets.
There’s no erasing the damage done this season for either team, but the Chargers avoided doing any more on Sunday. That’s enough to beat the Jets, whose damage meter keeps on rising.