By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
The Los Angeles Charger put together a team effort against the New York Jets and came away with a 27-6 win on Monday Night Football.
The Chargers are now back to .500 after breezing to the win at MetLife Stadium. Austin Eckler did his thing rushing for two touchdowns. He has scored seven TD’s on five Monday night games. However the big story was Keenan Allen making history by reaching the 10,000 career receiving yards plateau. The veteran wide receiver reached the mark on a leaping catch in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with eight catches for 77 yards.
Wilson had 263 yards passing and Breece Hill had 50 yards rushing but the Jets couldn’t make the most of their trips into LA territory.
Herbert went for 136 yards on 16/30 passing on a night in which the Chargers gained just 191 yards.
Los Angeles’ defense sacked Wilson eight times. Joey Bosa had 2.5 of the quarterback sacks while Khalil Mack and Tuli Tuipulotu each had a pair. They kept the Jets out of the end zone in the last minute of the game.
“This is what you call a total team effort “ said Charger head coach Brandon Staley.
The defense also forced three Jet turnovers as they had their three-game winning streak snapped. All three lost balls were fumbles, including two from quarterback Zach Wilson who was filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers was seen walking into the stadium with no crutches, no brace and no limp and was slinging passes in the pregame. That’s about the only comforting sight the Jets fans saw after another lackluster performance on the offensive end.
New York’s defense sacked Justin Herbert five times as its offense outperformed the Chargers, racking up 270 yards compared to Los Angeles’ 191.
The special teams also helped the Chargers’ cause as rookie Derius Davis had an 87-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter.
The Chargers will be home this week at So-Fi.