Odell Beckham Jr. continues to roll in Week 9
Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.
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Jay Cutler at Chargers
In his six games played in 2015, Cutler has matched up with five of PFF’s Top-15 defenses overall, and the easiest defense he matched up against was the Lions — PFF’s 17th-best defense overall. In Week 9, he won’t have to deal with Mike Zimmer’s talented and aggressive front seven or a Cardinals defense with several ballhawks — he draws a beat up Chargers defense that lacks the talent to compete. Even if safety Eric Weddle returns to action, the Chargers have no hope of generating enough pressure to hold up in pass coverage with Alshon Jeffery and Jay Cutler nearing full health.
Only seven teams have earned a worse pass coverage grade overall than the Chargers, and only two teams have earned a worse pass rush grade overall. The Chargers use undersized linemen like Sean Lissemore and Ricardo Mathews along their interior line, in hopes of generating pressure, but they can’t find a way to get it done through the middle. Chargers defensive linemen have combined for just 33 total pressures and 4 sacks all season. Things aren’t much better off the edge. The only bright spot on the defense is outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu — who has 5 sacks and 5 hits — but he can be schemed around. Attaaochu rotates out of the game, and about 30 percent of his snaps go to Kyle Emanuel, who played 79 snaps as a pass rusher, and he has only generated 8 total pressures all season.
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