1) Bend but don’t break against Justin Herbert
The Chargers rookie quarterback has been on fire since taking over the starting gig in Week 2. It’s no fluke that the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft has thrown for 2,333 yards and 19 touchdowns (with only six INTs) in his first eight starts. He has star potential.
Gregg Williams would surely love to throw the kitchen sink at any rookie quarterback, but Gang Green’s depleted secondary makes it a risky proposition. The Jets might have to play zone to avoid getting gouged by Herbert and his collection of quality pass catchers that include Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry.
2) Trust Joe Flacco
Sure, Flacco’s ill-advised heave into double coverage two weeks ago against the Patriots proved costly, but the veteran was terrific for the first three quarters. He looked comfortable for much of his third start of the season. He should settle in against a middling Chargers defense that isn’t trying to fool you. Los Angeles will play a Cover-3 scheme predicated on getting home with four pass rushers. So, Flacco should have opportunities to find openings even if he might have not many chances to dial up home run shots.
3) Don’t wave the white flag
The winless Jets have been non-competitive for much of the first nine games, but they shouldn’t fold up shop if they get behind early again. The Chargers are the first team in NFL history to blow at least a 16-point lead in four consecutive games. Los Angeles lost three of those four games.
So, you’re never out of it against this team.
Five of the Chargers’ seven losses have been by five or fewer points. Could the Jets finally squeak one out?
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