New York Jets: 2020 Schedule Release and Breakdown

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. Sam Darnold, New York Jets (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. Sam Darnold, New York Jets (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
7 of 14
New York Jets
Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Week 6- New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers- Sunday,10/18/20 @ 4:00 (CBS)

The Los Angeles Chargers had a 2019 season they would like to forget. If it seemed like every game came down to the wire, it’s because it did. The team underwhelmed, finishing with a putrid 5-11 record, but all but two losses came by a touchdown or less. Even with the poor record, the Chargers finished with a +/- rating of -8.

The Chargers’ biggest problems came at the end of games. The defense was not as sound as 2018, giving up leads in the final moments of most games. The offense, led by Phillip Rivers, came up short time and time again. Whether time expired or Rivers threw a terrible interception, the Chargers shot themselves in the foot week after week.

Changes were needed for this team, and they made a couple of splashes. First off, after 16 seasons, Rivers left via free agency. He quickly signed to play with the Indianapolis Colts on a one year deal. The Chargers plan going forward will be a competition between veteran Tyrod Taylor and a first-round pick, Justin Herbert.

The team also made additional moves, with signings of Chris Harris jr., Donald Parham, Bryan Bulaga, and trading for Russell Okung. Outside of Rivers, the Chargers did part ways with Melvin Gordon, Adrian Phillips, and Thomas Davis.

The Chargers matchup with the New York Jets at this point is a head-scratcher. Although at 5-11, the Chargers were a team that could’ve competed with just about any team in the NFL.

Over the years, the Chargers have been the prototypical “play to your opponents level” type of team. The Jets, in a way, are similar. In the past, Gang Green has struggled with traveling across the country. This game, though, will be the closest to “playing at home” for the SO-CAL kid, Sam Darnold.