Patriots: JC Jackson jabs Chargers offense after Keenan Allen compliment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Fresh off a demolition of the rival Jets, JC Jackson and the New England Patriots are gearing up for a much more difficult challenge, as they are taking on Justin Herbert and a Los Angeles Chargers team that has quickly asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.

In addition to Herbert evolving into one of the game’s premier young quarterbacks, Los Angeles has a multitude of ways they can beat opposing defenses, as they can count on running back Austin Ekeler to churn up yards and wide receiver Keenan Allen to secure tough catches.

In the face of some daunting odds, Jackson and the Patriots must be feeling some renewed vigor after crushing the Jets in such dominant fashion.

Jackson is not backing down from Allen, Herbert, or Brandon Staley based on some of the quotes he uncorked at practice.

But did you expect anything different?

Jackson doesn’t think that slowing down Herbert and LA’s strong passing game will be very difficult, claiming that the task is “not really a big challenge.” This is the type of quote that either looks prophetic or blows up in his face depending on how the games against LA unfolds.

Patriots cornerback JC Jackson isn’t scared of the Chargers.

On one hand, while the Chargers have a brand-new coaching staff, New England did shut Herbert out last year, so Belichick has proven he could neutralize LA’s weapons. On the other hand, Jackson made similarly pointed comments at Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb, and Lamb responded by decimating that secondary and walking off with the game-winning touchdown.

The Patriots might’ve been very inconsistent over the last few weeks, but with Matt Judon bearing down on the Chargers’ offensive line and Jackson ready to pounce on any errant throws, Herbert and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will have to put together quote the gameplan to solve this puzzle.

Herbert has the worst game of his pro career against New England last year, barely topping 200 passing yards and getting intercepted twice despite throwing 53 passes. Bill Belichick has been notoriously tough on rookie quarterbacks, and we’ll find out how Herbert has internalized the mistakes he made in that game.

While Belichick’s teams of old were typically very reserved in the weeks leading up to a game, Bill has been willing to bend the rules multiple times in order to let Jackson get the other team all riled up. Still, Jackson has to back up his talk, and he’ll have Allen and Mike Williams to contend with on Sunday.