The LA Chargers are going to be without one of the team's biggest additions from the offseason in Week 1 as J.C. Jackson will not be playing against the Las Vegas Raiders. Jackson's ankle has not healed quickly enough from his surprise procedure, keeping him out of this Week 1 rematch.
Jackson might also miss Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs as well. While it has not yet been confirmed, the Chargers do play Kansas City on Thursday, giving Jackson less time to heal.
While Jackson's injury is undoubtedly a big deal and changes the complexion of the game, the Bolts are still in a decent position to win this Week 1 matchup against the Raiders. It is going to be a bit tougher than it would have been with Jackson, but at the end of the day, there are several reasons to be optimistic about this game — even without Jackson.
3 reasons why the Chargers can overcome J.C. Jackson's injury vs. the Raiders:
1. The secondary is much better than last year and Michael Davis has had success against Adams
If this happened last season with the way Michael Davis was playing and Asante Samuel's injuries then it would have been a nightmare. However, instead of rolling out the likes of Tevaughn Campbell and Chris Harris, the Bolts will be rolling out guys like Samuel, Davis and Bryce Callahan.
Let's also not forget Derwin James, who is going to play a big role in this game in limiting Darren Waller, allowing the team to put more emphasis on the wide receivers that they have to slow down.
Jackson is the only player on the Chargers roster that has a fighting chance against Adams in a one-on-one situation, I get that. That being said, Davis has had success against Adams in the past and that extra bit of confidence could make the difference.
Every game is different, of course, but back in 2019 Adams struggled against the Chargers with Davis mostly defending him. Adams caught seven passes for 41 yards without a touchdown. With a new quarterback (and other factors) the Chargers would love to hold Adams to around 50 yards without a touchdown and it could happen.