LA Chargers: Getting to know the Week 11 opponent, the New York Jets
By Devon Auriemma
The Jets’ offense has been the worst in the NFL by a wide margin. They are currently last in the NFL in total yards (266) and points per game (13.4). Sam Darnold has been ruled out of this game, so Joe Flacco will be the team’s starter this week. In four games this season, Flacco has completed 56.7% of his passes for 659 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Jets do not have much talent on offense, but their wide receiver group is decent. Jamison Crowder leads the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards despite missing four games. Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims is a player to watch for the Jets.
After missing the first six games of the year, Mims has recorded 10 catches for 146 yards and no touchdowns. While Mims’ numbers aren’t anything too crazy, he has great size and speed which could pose a threat to the Chargers secondary who has been inconsistent this season.
Breshad Perriman is also another player to watch. In their last game against the Patriots, Perriman caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jets’ offensive line has allowed the seventh-most sacks in the league with 26. The Chargers pass rush has struggled tremendously throughout the year as Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa have each missed time. This is a good spot for the defense to get back on track, especially if Bosa can clear concussion protocol.
Just like their offense, the Jets defense is among the worst in the league. They are bottom five in the league in yards per game (402.7) and points per game allowed (29.8). The Jets only have 11 sacks on the year with Quinnen Williams leading the team with three.
The strength of the Jets team is in the run game. They are only allowing 4.1 yards per carry but they have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns.
After a disappointing last game against the Dolphins, the Chargers’ offense is looking to bounce back. The Jets are allowing the fourth-highest passer rating (103.9) in the league. The Chargers should look to put the ball in Justin Herbert‘s hands and let him do what he does best against a weak defense.