This Sunday, the 0-9 New York Jets will travel to face the 2-7 Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are coming off three straight losses against mediocre teams.
The Chargers began the season, with hopes of reaching the playoffs, led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. However, things got interesting when a freak accident to Taylor led rookie quarterback Justin Herbert onto the job. He has looked as good as advertised and has shown why he was drafted #6 overall. Last week, the Chargers faced the underrated Miami Dolphins and made it a very close game, almost pulling off the victory.
In recent years, the Jets have struggled against the Chargers, and it does not seem like they will have a good chance to change that. Vegas has set the line for the game at 9.5 in favor of the road team.
Los Angeles Chargers Preview
The Chargers came into the season poised to be a more dynamic, veteran-led team. Showcased on Hard Knocks last summer, the Chargers were poised for a breakout season led by their two stars on defense in defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. They have been playing fine, however, the Chargers defense as a whole has a tendency to lose leads for their team late in games. Herbert has looked really good this year, even though his starting running back the last two weeks started his season with the Jets. Kalen Ballage struggled mightily for the Jets but seems to have cut out a role for himself in the offense that is led by star wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. These two players will look to give an aching Jets defense problems all day.
New York Jets Preview
Coming off a bye week, teams usually get healthier. That is not the case for the 0-9 Jets, as quarterback Sam Darnold is out and cornerback Blessuan Austin is questionable for Sunday. Brian Poole is out for the season. The Jets will rely on quarterback Joe Flacco to lead the offense again, and he actually had a pretty good game on Monday Night Football. He did a great job of getting the ball to his receivers and allowing them to make plays. Wide receiver Denzel Mimswill look to build on his strong rookie campaign and will likely see a lot of targets. The offensive line seems to be healthy and they will need it against a solid defensive line.
On defense, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will look to blitz a lot to try and slow down Justin Herbert. Look for Jordan Jenkins to make a couple of nice plays. Rookie Ashtyn Davis will have his work cut out for him going against his former Pac-12 foe.
Jets vs Chargers Summary
Another season has come and gone before November. With all eyes on the draft, Jets fans should watch Ohio State and Clemson both play at noon on Saturday. With every week that Darnold stays injured and the Jets lose, Jets fans will get closer to Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. If you are watching the Jets and not RedZone on Sunday, and want some hope. Watch the Jets rookies. Linebacker Bryce Huff and cornerback Bryce Hall will see extended playing time and try to secure a roster spot for the future. Other than that, it seems like another week of a long season.