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2020-11-22
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Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets Prediction & Preview


 

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The New York Jets will hope to pick up their first win of the season when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium. New York is coming off a bye week, having previously lost to the New England Patriots 30-27 as a 9.5-point underdog on Monday Night Football to drop to 0-9 on the season. The Chargers are sitting at 2-7 after losing three games in a row, including a 29-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins as a 1.5-point underdog last weekend.

Lost Angeles won the last game in the head-to-head series in December of 2017 by a score of 14-7 in the Meadowlands.

 

Jets try to regroup during bye week

Prior to having the weekend off, the Jets played their best overall game of the season against the rival Patriots in Week 9 but ultimately fell short in a 30-27 loss. New York started off well on offense with Joe Flacco connecting on long touchdown passes to Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder to take a 20-10 lead at halftime. Perriman's second touchdown of the day near the end of the third quarter kept New York's lead at 27-17, and it would stay there until under 7 minutes left in the game with the Jets looking in command.

 

Flacco would throw an interception on the first play after Nick Folk kicked a field goal for New England, and Cam Newton led a methodical drive to tie the score at 27 on a one-yard touchdown run. The Jets went three and out quickly, and Newton had just enough time to move the Patriots into field goal range for Folk's 51-yard game-winner to give New York another loss, this time in heartbreaking fashion.

 

Flacco discovered the fountain of youth for at least one game, completing 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns, although his lone interception was costly. The Jets allowed a struggling New England offense to pile up 433 yards, including 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Crowder via the Associated Press. “That was a tough loss right there. That was a game we should’ve won."

New York has fared only slightly better against the spread with a record of 2-7, as they covered against the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills back in week seven as a 9.5-point underdog. The over is 4-5 in Jets games this season, as the two teams easily topped the mark of 42 points in New York's previous contest.

Adam Gase's offense has yet to go into hyperdrive, with the Jets ranking last in scoring offense at 13.4 points per game on 266 yards per game. New York's defense has only faired marginally better, allowing an average of 29.8 points per game to rank 30th on just over 400 opponent yards per contest.

Ageless wonder Frank Gore has been utilized heavily, carrying the ball 108 times for 366 yards. After missing the first six games of the year with an injury, rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims is flashing some big play ability with 10 catches for 146 yards in three games. Quinnen Williams has enjoyed a nice defensive season up front with seven tackles for loss and three sacks

Starting quarterback Sam Darnold has been limited to six games with a shoulder injury and was ruled out for Sunday earlier in the week. The Jets are down their two primary starting quarterback, as Pierre Desir was released earlier in the week and Brian Poole underwent season-ending surgery on Monday. Rookie offensive tackle Mekhi Becton looks on track to play after leaving the New England game with a chest injury. Williams, who missed the New England game, and Perriman are both currently limited in practice and questionable.

 

Chargers lose third straight game

It didn't come down to the last play this time, but the Chargers lost their third straight game over the weekend in a 29-21 defeat in Miami. The Dolphins were in control for the majority of the game after going up 14-0 on Salvon Ahmed and Jakeem Grant touchdowns. While a Hunter Henry touchdown catch cut the lead to 17-14 midway through the third, the next 12 points went to Miami as Los Angeles' offense couldn't muster anything until a garbage time touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Keenan Allen.

 

Herbert completed 20 of 32 passes for 187 yards, the worst mark of his young career thus far, although he still accumulated three total touchdowns. The Los Angeles defense stepped up allowing only 280 yards, but the Chargers managed just 273 themselves.

“That team pressures more than anybody else in the National Football League, just about,” head coach Anthony Lynn said via the Associated Press. “They brought a lot of stuff. There are only so many things you can do. They challenged our protection and at times we did not protect very well. At times they brought one more than we could block.”

The Chargers have faired better against the spread with a record of 5-4, although they have failed to cover three weeks in a row. Six of Los Angeles' nine games have gone over the betting total, as the two teams topped last weeks mark of 49 points with the late Allen touchdown.

Los Angeles is mid-pack in scoring at 25.1 points per game, but has moved the ball very well at 403.6 yards per game and 5.7 yards per play. Injuries have hurt the Chargers defense again, with the unit allowing 27.2 points per game and and 349.8 yards per contest.

With the playoffs out of reach, the rest of the season is all about Herbert's development, and the rookie No. 6 overall pick has looked terrific with 2,333 yards on 201 of 301 passing, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions along with three more scores as a runner. Allen is having another strong year at receiver with 65 catches for 690 yards and five touchdowns. Joey Bosa has been limited to six starts with injuries but still has 4.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.

Los Angeles will get a defensive boost with Bosa returning, as he's cleared concussion protocol and is back to full practice. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was activated off injured reserve with a foot injury but won't be ready to play just yet. Bryan Bulaga and Casey Hayward Jr. are expected to play despite being limited in practice.



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