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Los Angeles Chargers: 3 keys to defeating Titans in Week 7

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers runs past Perrish Cox #20 of the Tennessee Titans in the first half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers runs past Perrish Cox #20 of the Tennessee Titans in the first half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by linebacker Tahir Whitehead #59 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by linebacker Tahir Whitehead #59 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Titans are much better against the pass than they are against the run, where they rank No. 26 in the league. While Philip Rivers is having an MVP=caliber season thus far, so is Melvin Gordon.

Gordon has broken the 100-yard rushing mark in two of the Chargers’ last three games and there is every reason to think he will eclipse that number against the Titans as well.

Gordon is running the ball as well as any back in football and he is giving the team the ability to use play action, where Rivers is extremely effective. In games the Chargers have won this season, they have averaged 30 rush attempts. In the two games they’ve lost, they’ve averaged just 21.

It behooves the Chargers to get the ground game going in order to set up the pass against this team. Gordon should have a bare minimum of 20 carries in this game and if the Chargers sprinkle in the effective Austin Ekeler here and there, the gameplan against the Titans shouldn’t be that difficult to execute.

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