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LA Chargers: Five keys to beating the winless Jets

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Ty Long #1 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Ty Long #1 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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4. Attack the Jets’ depleted secondary

Defensively, the Jets are all in on the tank. Their depth is hurt in the secondary more than anywhere else though. They recently cut Pierre Desir after he was expected to be a decent contributor prior to the season. New York is 29th in the league in passing defense, giving up 281.8 yards per contest.

While I disagreed with how much they ran the ball last week, I at least understood the fear about throwing on great NFL vets like Byron Jones and Xavien Howard. Bless Austin and Bryce Hall are just not that type of cornerback duo.

Austin is in his second season as a sixth-round pick and Hall is still in his rookie year. They may develop into solid corners one day, as I’m still high on Hall as a prospect. Right now though, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have to run quality routes on them.

The separation that all of the Chargers’ receivers were getting last week has no excuse to not be much, much better this week. The Jets don’t have the talent to mix up the looks they throw at opposing offenses.

It’s one thing to be wary of throwing on Miami’s secondary, but the Chargers simply cannot have that same hesitation this week. Let Herbert cook.

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