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Los Angeles Chargers eating defenses up with Running Backs

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown during the game against the Denver Broncos at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown during the game against the Denver Broncos at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers are eating defenses up with their running backs in the passing game.

The Los Angeles Chargers passing game has been rolling. Philip Rivers has started this season on fire. Even when Rivers seemed a little off at the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders, he still ended up putting up stats! The Chargers are finding ways to get the ball to their playmakers and they are creating in space.

The Chargers are getting their backs heavily involved in the passing game and other teams have not been able to stop it. The screens with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have gone for huge gains and it is opening up all kinds of possibilities in the running game and with deep passes. Ken Whisenhunt has been able to keep defenses off balance with all the little dumps to his backs.

Philip has always excelled in getting the ball to the backs with Darren Sproles, Ladainian Tomlinson and Danny Woodhead in the past. He has some special guys this year to get the football to.

Remember when Melvin Gordon came out of college and wasn’t a threat in the passing game? He has changed that reputation real fast.

I don’t think there are many linebackers in the game that can keep up with Gordon or Ekeler. With all the misdirection with play actions and fake end-arounds, these backs are finding a ton of space to work when they get the football and they are producing.

What a luxury to have these backs for Philip Rivers. Add in the play of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams and we have a prolific offense that can control the clock and fling it around the field. It is fun watching this offense go to work.

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