Fact or Fiction: Wild Card

Can the Jets and Broncos keep up? Those are among the issues our experts debate going into Wild-Card Weekend.

Updated: January 27, 2005, 12:41 PM ET
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Everyone has opinions about what will happen during the NFL season. And the predictions will either prove to be true or false.

So we've made four bold statements and asked our ESPN experts -- former NFL players Eric Allen, Mark Schlereth and Joe Theismann -- whether or not they believe the statements will eventually become fact or fiction.

On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.

The Jets have the offense to stay with the Chargers
Mark Schlereth
Fiction: The Jets have a couple things going against them. First, their offense is predicated on running the football to set up their play-action passes. But no team runs well against the Chargers. San Diego does a great job using its 3-4 to stop the running game of opposing teams. That will hurt the Jets because quarterback Chad Pennington thrives in a situation where he's able to use his play action. This week he won't get that opportunity. Second, Pennington is banged up right now. He's having shoulder problems, and it has become obvious that he doesn't have the zip or accuracy on his throws as normal. That's going to work against them.
Joe Theismann
Fact: I expect this to be a very close football game because both teams will run the football. Jets wide receiver Santana Moss could very well be the X-factor in this game with his special teams play. If he can consistently get the Jets good field position, then they'll be in a good position to win this game.

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