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LA Chargers: Four potential trap games on the 2020 schedule

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Week 6: vs. New York Jets

Out of all the trap games, this one probably has the least upset potential. The Jets are in the worst shape out of any of the teams on this list. At the same time, the Jets got better in the offseason and were able to upset some teams last year, like the Cowboys, Steelers, and Bills.

If Darnold shows signs of improvement in year three, he could be a scary quarterback to go against. Year two of his young career obviously didn’t go the way he planned following his mono diagnosis. At times he’s still too conservative with the football.

Better health could also help the Jets in 2020. Key defensive starters like C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson sustained season-ending injuries that devastated their linebacker group. Injuries decimated both sides of the ball in 2019, as the Jets had 15 players on injured reserve by December. That was easily the most in the league.

The Jets invested 40 million into their offensive line this offseason with additions like George Fant, Connor McGovern, Josh Andrews, and Greg Van Roten all looking to make impacts on the team. Those moves probably won’t pay off overnight, but it’s a better start than the offensive line they walked into 2019 with.

The LA Chargers will likely overpower the Jets due to the sluggish offense, but Darnold’s potential development and the Jets’ defense makes it a tougher matchup than it would’ve been in previous years. Another key to the game will be how tested Tyrod Taylor is by the secondary. Jamal Adams, Brian Poole, Bryce Hall, and Ashtyn Davis could develop into a really nice group over the course of the year.

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