NY Jets: Analyzing the West Coast matchups for the 2020 season

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The NY Jets have three West Coast road matchups scheduled for 2020. We take a look and analyze each of the team’s three West Coast road games.

On Thursday, the NFL released the 2020 regular-season schedule and for the NY Jets, it’s a brutal one. The Jets have the second-hardest schedule in the league right behind the New England  Patriots with having to play the two toughest divisions in the NFC West and AFC West.

Three of those games will be played on the West Coast. In Week 6, the Jets go out to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in the brand new SoFi stadium. Then in Weeks 14 and 15 the Jets face the Seahawks in Seattle then go back to Los Angeles to play the Rams.

So let’s breakdown these matchups and see how the Jets stack up against these teams going into the 2020 season.

Los Angeles Chargers

The first out of their three West Coast trips are against the Chargers. Out of these three games, this is the game that Jets fans should be the most confident about.

Right now, the Chargers are figuring out who their quarterback will be to start off the season and it will most likely be Tyrod Taylor over rookie Justin Herbert. Taylor has given the Jets trouble in the past as he had a 3-2 record against the team during his time in Buffalo.

The Chargers all-time record against the Jets is 22-14-1 with 13 out of those 22 wins at home on the West Coast. However, the Jets are 2-0 in the playoffs against the Chargers with both of those games played in San Diego at the time.

Other notable players to leave the Chargers after last season are Melvin Gordon who signed with the Denver Broncos and long- time franchise quarterback Philip Rivers who signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks all-time record versus the Jets is 11-8 with five of those wins coming in Seattle. The Seahawks are still one of the most dominant teams in the league with CenturyLink Field being one of the toughest places to play.

This will be a tough one for the Jets especially if they are still fighting for a playoff spot come Week 14 of the season.

Seattle didn’t lose many players from last year as they’re still a playoff-caliber team led by six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll.

In 2019, the Seahawks had the eighth-ranked offense with 374.4 yards per game but only had the 26th ranked defense which was a big drop off for them after being the 16th ranked defense in 2018.

This is a game to highlight in the schedule later in the season and hopefully, the Jets will be fighting for a shot to get in the playoffs by the time they play Seattle in Week 14.

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Los Angeles Rams

A week after they play Seattle the Jets go back down to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles to play the Rams in Week 15. The Rams aren’t the same team they once were after losing All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, pass rusher Dante Fowler, and linebacker Cory Littleton.

After a mediocre 2019 season from Jared Goff who threw a career-high 16 interceptions, Goff looks to have a bounceback season this year.

Goff and the Rams offense last season were the seventh-ranked offense in the NFL averaging 374.9 yards per game — just 0.5 more than the Seahawks.

Even after losing a lot of there key players from last season the Rams still have a lot of talent on their team and are poised to have a bounceback season under young head coach Sean McVay who is entering into his fourth year as Rams head coach.

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The Rams are 10-4 against the Jets all-time, but Gang Green will look to add another win to their tally in this late-season matchup.