2. The playcalling will keep this game closer than it should be
Again, on paper, the LA Chargers should blow the New York Jets out of the water. The Jets have the worst overall defense in the league and it is not even close and the Chargers have the most exciting rookie quarterback in the league.
In a perfect world, Justin Herbert would throw the ball all over the Jets, throwing for 400+ yards with the Chargers keeping their foot on the Jets’ throats and not allowing them to creep back into the game.
Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case.
Since the Chargers are coached by a former running back and running backs coach they have this obsession with “establishing the run”. The Chargers’ playcalling is outright awful and that was displayed against the Miami Dolphins.
Despite having a rookie quarterback that is quite literally setting records AND being down to Kalen Ballage as the best running back the team decided to pound the rock over passing the football.
It was not effective.
We have seen this all season when the Chargers take a lead. It is not a coincidence that the Chargers have blown several two-possession leads — it is because they try and play a style of football that allows teams to stick around in games.
Quite frankly, that style of football does not work when you have a defense that has allowed 29 or more points in six consecutive games. But it’s just Joe Flacco, right?