1. Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson did not have a spectacular game by any stretch of the imagination but he was a big part of the LA Chargers’ scoring drives, particularly in kick-starting the drive. This really could have been a massive day for Jackson and if the coaches would have called on his number more I feel safe in saying that he would have had a career performance.
Jackson finished the day with only five carries for 12 yards but did catch five passes for 43 yards. Again, not a spectacular game, but he was great every time they called his number in the passing game and it is surprising that they did not target him more often.
Jackson started the game on fire. He caught the first two passes of the game for a combined 21 yards to get the team out from their own deep territory. He was targeted one more time in the drive — the only incompletion when he was targeted — and the team ended up kicking a field goal.
He was not targeted on the following drive — a three and out. Joshua Kelley got the action in the third drive, which ended in a touchdown.
The Chargers went away from Jackson and did not target him until the second half. They targeted him in the drive that should have resulted in a field goal (the kick was missed) and then targeted him the play before Herbert threw a deep bomb to Jalen Guyton for a touchdown.
The passing attack to Jackson certainly worked and it was interesting to see the team not turn to it more. In a game where the running backs were pretty bad in actually running the ball, Jackson provided one silver lining.