3. Joe Flacco is absolutely capable of beating the LA Chargers
Joe Flacco is not a good quarterback. He is one of the three worst in the league when he is starting, if not the worst. That is what makes this so sad.
Flacco is still a veteran quarterback and has seen a lot in the NFL. Heck, he is coming off of the best start that he has had in a long time. He completed 72% of his passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. And that is against a New England defense that is bad but is still better than this Chargers defense.
The Jets were able to pound the rock on the Patriots and only called on Flacco when they absolutely needed him (until that pick-six with six minutes left in the game, that was terrible). The Jets can do the exact same thing to the Chargers.
The Chargers’ run defense has been absolutely woeful in recent weeks. The Raiders averaged over six yards per carry against the Chargers and the Dolphins ran all over them with practice-squad quality running backs.
The Jets will be able to run on the Chargers with Frank Gore and La’Michal Perine. In fact, the Chargers will probably make them look really good. This allows the Jets to not rely too heavily on Joe Flacco, which is exactly what they want.
Heck, Flacco beat the Chargers last year. As a member of the Denver Broncos, Flacco completed 14 of 20 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. And that was against a more-talented Chargers defense than this year’s.
Gus Bradley does not change his defensive scheme and Flacco is going to know exactly what to expect in this one. With a decent-enough receiving corps, I really do think that he can have a good enough game to lead the Jets to victory.
Of course, there is always the possibility of Flacco simply blowing the game. But if he is as good as he was against the Patriots then this game is going to be uncomfortable for the Bolts.