NY Jets: Scouting the Los Angeles Chargers ahead of Week 11 matchup

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The NY Jets will travel west to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers in Week 11.

At this point, it’s about pride. The NY Jets are still winless on the season and are traveling across the country this Sunday to take on a Los Angeles Chargers team that seems to have found their spark in rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.

The Jets, on the other hand, are aiming to start Joe Flacco under center once again as Sam Darnold is still working back from a shoulder injury that has held him out for the majority of the past two weeks.

This isn’t ideal for Darnold, nor is it for the Jets.

Heading into this season, one of the teams’ goals was to evaluate Darnold with the weapons Joe Douglas brought in this past offseason to provide a jolt to an offense that was ranked last in the league this past season in offensive efficiency.

Not only have the Jets not been able to evaluate Darnold at a sufficient level, but their “weapons” that the front office thought would jumpstart an ever-struggling offense have only seen the field altogether for one whole game.

This is a problem, as one can imagine, the Jets have stayed stagnant on offense since 2019 and haven’t seen much improvement from coaching adjustments or weekly gameplans in which this team supposedly implements week-in, week-out to compete in contests.

The NY Jets have a few injuries to keep an eye on this week

Regarding the remaining notable names on the Jets’ injury report, wide receiver Breshad Perriman popped up with a shoulder injury that kept him limited during Wednesday’s practice.

Head coach Adam Gase described defensive lineman Quinnen Williams‘ status as limited on Wednesday, he’ll likely be on track to return against the Chargers.

Left tackle Mekhi Becton was battling cold symptoms against the Patriots and was unable to return due to chest congestion. He’s fine, now, and will be back this week.

The Jets aren’t favored in this matchup against the Chargers, unsurprisingly. This will be yet another week of analyzing the play of individuals that were a part of Douglas’ first rookie draft class as general manager.

With the somewhat surprising release of veteran cornerback Pierre Desir, whom the Jets signed to a one-year contract in the offseason.

The latest move opens the door for rookie cornerback Bryce Hall to work across from Blessuan Austin as the No. 2 cornerback in what feels like a never-ending defensive back rotation.

Hall provides youth and versatility, two traits Douglas has seemed to preach throughout his short tenure thus far with the team. The Chargers will likely look to gash the Jets through the air, as previously mentioned, with their cornerback depth rather thin.

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With the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams lined up opposite an inexperienced Jets secondary, the youngster, Justin Herbert, will look to his dynamic playmakers to make this game unreachable for the Jets.

Score Prediction: Chargers 27, NY Jets 13