Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Jets Matchup Preview (11/22/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
This matchup will feature a pair of frustrated coastal teams that share a stadium with neighbors having better seasons. The Los Angeles Chargers (2-7) play in SoFi stadium with the NFC West-leading 6-3 Rams. The New York Jets (0-9), meanwhile, play in MetLife stadium with a 3-7 Giants team that might actually make the playoffs.
It is fair to say these teams are frustrated, embarrassed, and hungry. They want to give their fans hope for the future and their home-stadium rivals real competition. This matchup will be about heart, not for the standings or any kind of playoff hopes. It is in these types of games that fans can appreciate their players’ sincere love of football. In a game in which each team has nothing to lose, no play call, substitution, or game-time decision is out of the question for either team. It shouldn’t be a hot take to say this will be fun to watch.
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Date: November 22nd, 2020
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, California
TV Coverage: CBS
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Los Angeles Chargers:
IR list: Derwin James (knee), Mike Pouncey (hip), Drue Tranquill* (ankle), Virgil Green* (ankle), Justin Jackson (knee), Brandon Facyson (covid), Ryan Groy (covid), Austin Ekeler (hamstring), Asmar Bilal* (calf), Chris Harris (foot). Questionable: Tyrod Taylor (ribs), Cole Mazza (illness), Casey Hayward (ankle), Bryan Bulaga (back).
New York Jets
IR list: Kyle Philips (ankle), Bradley McDougald* (shoulder), Trevon Wesco (ankle), Chris Hogan* (ankle), Frankie Luvu* (groin), Brian Poole (shoulder). Out: Kyron Brown (quadriceps), Sam Darnold (shoulder). Questionable: Blake Cashman (hamstring), Quinnen Williams (hamstring), Vyncint Smith (groin), Breshard Perriman (shoulder), Henry Anderson (knee), Blessuan Austin (neck).
Los Angeles Chargers Analysis
The Los Angeles Chargers struck gold with their rookie quarterback. As the sixth overall pick, Herbert was expected to be good, just not nearly good as he’s been playing. Justin Herbert has 19 touchdown passes (8th) and 2333 yards (14th) despite missing the first game of the season and already having a bye week. He has notably thrown at least two touchdown passes in 5 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Young quarterbacks typically throw passes they could get away with in college but not in the NFL. These throws often result in interceptions. Herbert, however, has only thrown 6 on the season, that’s below 15 other quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson (10) and Tom Brady (7). He will be facing a New York Jets defense that allows the 4th best passer rating to opposing team QBs. I expect Herbert to continue his epic rookie season campaign on Sunday.
A large reason for Herbert’s success has been because of his wide receiver core. Between receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, along with tight end Hunter Henry, Herbert has plenty of reliable weapons. Allen may lead the team in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions, but Williams is an underrated receiver, and Henry is a red zone threat. Expect plenty of players to receive targets as Herbert picks apart this Jets defense.
The Chargers also have a strong ground game. Despite losing Melvin Gordon in the offseason, and injuries to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, the Chargers still rank 9th in rushing yards per game this season with 131.6. Joshua Kelley had done a decent job at filling in for injured backs, but not enough for the Chargers coaching staff to be satisfied. To make room on the roster, the Chargers placed Justin Jackson on IR and signed Kalen Ballage off the practice squad. The third-year player has made little impact in his short career but has a huge opportunity to make a name for himself. On Monday, it was announced by head coach Anthony Lynn that Kalen Ballage would be the starting running back moving forward. In the two weeks, he has been given snaps, and he has rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown in just 33 carries. Against a very below-average rushing defense, expect the hungry running back to try and prove himself.
The Chargers’ offensive totals are not wildly impressive. They score 25.1 points (17th) and travel 403.7 yards (4th) per game. One of the reasons for their low scoring numbers is that they seem to collapse in the 4th quarter, scoring the 2nd fewest points per game in the final 15 minutes of the game. It is unlikely to affect the outcome of this game, but they will need to clean this up for the future, especially next season.
Even though the offensive numbers are not outstanding, it is the Chargers’ defense that has been holding back this team. They allow 27.2 points (22nd) and 349.8 yards (12th) yards per game. They have not been able to get sacks (1.8 per game, 23rd), and they rarely get takeaways (0.9 per game, 28th). By most measures, they are not a very intimidating defense. Their best point of optimism defensively is in the red zone, in which they stop offenses from scoring touchdowns 43.33% of visits (8th). Against a Jets offense that scores a touchdown on just 27.78% (worst percentage by any team since 2012 Chiefs), the Chargers should shut the Jets out on the rare occurrence they make it that far down the field.
The Chargers are not a bad football team. Their 2-7 record is not indicative of how they play and certainly not a reflection of their potential in seasons to come. It is more than likely they win this game against an atrocious Jets team and continue improving throughout the rest of the season. The Chargers are one of my sleeper teams for the 2021 season. Herbert has proven he is a franchise quarterback capable of giving his team winning opportunities. Watch this game if nothing else than to see a young and improving Chargers team.
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New York Jets Analysis
Losing by 3 points to the Patriots would usually be a sign of good things to come for the New York Jets. This year, it meant they fell to 0-9 for the first time in franchise history. Statistically, the 2020 Jets are one of the worst teams of all time, especially on offense. Head coach Adam Gase is sitting on one of the hottest seats in the NFL. If he can’t produce results for this second half of the season, he will be out of a job in January.
Little has gone right for the Jets this season, starting with losing their starting quarterback. Sam Darnold has been dealing with a shoulder injury throughout this season. He missed weeks 5 and 6 just to re-injury it in the Week 8 blowout loss to Kansas City. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco has been filling in his place and will continue to in this week’s matchup. His 164 passing yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game rank far outside the top of half of players. He has not been able to step up big time for this team.
The only player that’s put together any kind of decent season on this team is receiver Jamison Crowder. He has somehow managed to put up 81.8 receiving yards per game (11th) on this awful Jets offense. He leads the team in yards, receptions, and touchdowns. If anyone can ever spark a light on this team, it will be number 82.
Entering the season, it was expected that ex-Steeler Le’Veon Bell would remain the starting running back. Consistently underperforming; however, the Jets cut him from the roster. The Jets have since then have failed to find a reasonable replacement. Frank Gore, in his 16th season, is leading this team in rushing. The Chargers should not be worried about a rushing threat.
In a year that is set to shatter the record for most points per game among all teams, the Jets are on pace to be a bottom 50 scoring offense of any team all time. Their magic number, 13.4 points per game, is the lowest of any team in a season since the 2011 Chiefs. Put simply, and teams do not score this few points anymore. It is an embarrassing disaster for everyone on their offensive roster, but especially Darnold, who many expected to have a breakout year. I understand he has dealt with injuries, but he has still started in the majority (6) of the Jets 9 games. With Flacco not producing much in his place, I don’t expect much to change for the Jets’ final 7 games.
The Jets’ defense is slightly better, but nothing to brag about. They allow 29.8 points (30th) and 402.7 yards (28th) per game. Linebacker Neville Hewitt and cornerback Pierre Desir have been able to keep teams as at bay as they can, considering the Jets punt more than any other team in the league (5.1 per game). Expect a valiant effort by the defense on Sunday, but don’t expect them to win the battle against Justin Herbert and this Chargers offense.
Jets fans will likely not be rooting for their team to win on Sunday. The little optimism they hold for them remains in the first overall draft pick. If Trevor Lawrence declares for the draft, all eyes will be on him when the Jets are on the clock. The players this Sunday, however, are not thinking about draft picks. Expect them to play their hearts out in a winnable matchup against a 2-7 Chargers team.
New York Jets Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Los Angeles Chargers -8
Moneyline:-440 Chargers, +360 Jets
I can’t see the Chargers bringing this one close. It is not uncommon for them to lose a game well past the double-digit mark. Against a fire-hot Justin Herbert offense, I think they will get blown out on the road.
The bottom line for this over/under bet is that the Jets’ offense can’t score. Their offense is atrocious, and there is no sign it will get better this season. The Herbert-led Chargers offense is much better but won’t be able to surpass this 47 point cover themselves. Betting the under here is one of the safer bets this season.
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Daily Fantasy Love/Hate
Love: Justin Herbert
Herbert has been a fantasy stud all season long, and I think it continues against one of the worst defenses in the league. I predict his 5 game, 2+ touchdown streak continues on Sunday. If you have Herbert rostered, this should be an easy start.
Hate: Joe Flacco
There is no reason Joe Flacco should be rostered on your team. I understand he actually had a decent game a couple of weeks ago against the Patriots, but that game was a huge anomaly for him this season. Averaging just 10 fantasy points per game, there are at least a dozen quarterbacks I would pick over him this week.