The Chargers are giving up almost 136 yards per game on the ground. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars allow more. Playoff teams don’t give up that many rushing yards.
Linebacker Denzel Perryman should be back when the team returns from its bye and his services have certainly been missed. He should be able to come in and help the run defense get much better than it has been.
In their next two games, the Chargers will face Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy, two guys who are capable of racking up huge yardage in the rushing game. If that happens, the Chargers will lose those games as both of those teams have played stout defense this season.
The Chargers’ pass defense has been good so if they can start to slow down the opposition’s rushing attack and make teams look to throw the ball first, you could start to see the team force more turnovers, another area where the team hasn’t gotten it done, forcing just nine turnovers in eight games.
If Perryman is at 100 percent and can effect the run game, this defense becomes entirely different.