3. The Chargers found the recipe for success in their last game
Short passes. Rack up the YAC. Move the football incrementally and fluidly.
That's the way the Chargers demolished the Bears last week. It's a shame the best performance of the year came against one of the worst teams in football, but it taught us and (more importantly) the Chargers themselves that that's the way they're going to win games this year.
The personnel just cannot get down the field at a consistent rate. And even if it could, the O-line is not playing at a level right now that will give Justin Herbert the time he needs to get the ball down the field at a consistent rate. Maybe Joe Lombardi was on to something......and I can't believe I'm saying that.
Every week, I look at teams like the Bengals, Chiefs, Jaguars etc. who are not doing anything too crazy with the offense, and I witness victory after victory.
They're just dumping the ball off close to the line of scrimmage, for the most part, burning the clock, keeping the offense flowing, tiring the defense, and beating their opponents by a thousand cuts rather than knockout blows like the Dolphins do.
Josh Palmer is out. Quentin Johnston has arrived. Gerald Everett is back. Austin Ekeler in the pass game is back. And Donald Parham has shown the ability to be a very reliable target. These are guys you can dump the ball off to in wide open space and let them take you down the field in spurts.
I think that's the way you throw against these Jets. Don't beat them over the top or down the field. Beat them underneath and tire out their defense. It's an extension of the run game and it's how teams like the Bengals, Chiefs, and Jaguars would approach this Jets defense- the Chiefs already did it this year.