2. Consistent pressure on Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco starting over Sam Darnold is a win for the Chargers, but he is not a scrub. When he has time to throw, Flacco can make a defense pay. We saw this in the Jets’ close Monday Night game against the Patriots.
The Chargers have seen it themselves. Last year in the first game of the season vs. Denver, Flacco played pretty well in giving the Broncos an early lead that the Chargers were never able to come back from. Los Angeles’ defense couldn’t even get a sack in that game.
Flacco is very effective at controlling the tempo of the game when you give him time to throw. It feels like I keep saying this every week, but pressure is imperative. Joey Bosa has to get pressure, as does Melvin Ingram.
Most yards per attempt under pressure this season (PFF, among 32 QBs with 50+ pass attempts under pressure)
1. Wilson (7.8)2. Rivers (7.7)3. Mahomes (7.6)4. Brees (7.5)5. Watson (7.3)…28. Flacco (4.9)29. Trubisky (4.6)30. Darnold (4.6)31. Brady (3.7)32. Rudolph (3.4)
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) December 20, 2019
New York also doesn’t have crazy weapons that Gus Bradley has to worry about. Frankly, this is a game where the Chargers might be able to stack the box and pressure the hell out of Flacco. With this Jets’ offensive line, I don’t want to see the Chargers struggling to sacks or consistent pressure again. There would be no excuse.