Keys to victory: Jets edition
Heading into week 11 the Chargers have a test against the winless Jets. At the beginning of the season we all this marked as a guaranteed win on the calendar but at this point I really don’t know. It’s crazy the difference a bad month will do for a team’s confidence. I still refuse to believe that the Chargers won’t pull out a victory. I mean theoretically there is no way they could lose to the J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets…and if they do we can all safely say it is absolute rock bottom. This week it’s a really simply formula and in fact im only going to give you one key to victory as I think it should be that simple…maybe.
Successful pass rush:
This isn’t exactly a revelation or a deep dive this week but sometimes there is a certain beauty in simplicity. The Jets will have Sam Darnold on the bench so that means facing a very immobile quarterback in Joe Flacco. Flacco can make you pay if you let him get comfortable in the pocket as the savvy veteran has declined but he still shows flashes of his younger self as a former super bowl winner. Flacco now is more of the type of quarterback who is willing to go down easy when pressure is right up on him. This is much like we saw with Rivers the last handful of years behind a lack luster line, and the same goes for the Jets situation. Flacco has been sacked 6 times in the last 3 games. Furthermore Joe Flacco will turn the ball over while under pressure, and this might prove to be of even more importance. In the three games he has started this year he has 2 interceptions and a fumble. This bodes well for a Chargers team who is getting back a well-rested Joey Bosa. Also of help is the fact that Denzel Perryman will likely see many more reps this week due to the fact that Kyzir white will be on the covid inactive list. With Denzel theoretically help shutting down the run, this will put more pressure on the Jets and Joe Flacco alike to pass the ball more. With Makhi Becton returning this week for New York the match up to watch will be Becton vs. Ingram. I also expect Linval Joseph to eat up the interior of the Jets line and for Bosa to do what he does best after having two weeks off due to a concussion.