CHARGERS (7-7) AT N.Y. JETS (5-9)
When Chargers have the ball
The Chargers’ offense really sputtered in Kansas City, besieged by turnovers in the second half. Philip Rivers forced the issue on the first of his three interceptions, and the Chargers couldn’t get their top playmakers — Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry — in the passing game. The team will be without Henry (lacerated kidney) for the rest of the season, so getting Allen a heavy workload Sunday will be important. Also, Antonio Gates gets a chance to step into a featured role. One player who didn’t struggle last week, Melvin Gordon, should also get a chance to have a featured role in the game plan. Gordon needs 69 yards to reach 1,000 on the season for the first time in his career. Ex-USC star Leonard Williams is a dangerous player along the Jets’ front defensive line. And in the back, rookie safety Jamal Adams, who was picked one draft spot before Mike Williams, has been one of the best in his class. Mike Williams, on the other hand, has battled injuries and still is searching for the first touchdown of his NFL career. The Chargers are banged up, especially on the offensive line with both starting tackles hurt, but should still have an edge on this side of the ball.