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Chargers takeaways from a down to the wire win against the Titans

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman of Los Angeles Chargers and team mates celebrate his interception during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman of Los Angeles Chargers and team mates celebrate his interception during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Austin Ekeler of Los Angeles Chargers is brought down by Jayon Brown of Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Austin Ekeler of Los Angeles Chargers is brought down by Jayon Brown of Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

2. No run game without Gordon

When it was announced that Melvin Gordon would be out with a hamstring injury, I felt that it would be possible to skate by with Austin Ekeler. For a week. And that’s what they did. I love Ekeler as a second option, but the team depends on Gordon so much, and it showed.

Ekeler got just over 40 yards. The late draft pick Justin Jackson got three touches on the day.

I honestly thought the running attack would be a little better. I obviously didn’t expect a Gordon kind of performance, but they couldn’t get anything going at all. Luckily, the team has a bye week and Gordon has extra time to heal. If he’s hurt, the team’s prospects are done over the long haul this season.

3. Badgley keeps performing well

At some point, the controversy between Caleb Sturgis and Mike Badgley will have to be addressed. With each passing week though, I believe that Badgley’s chances of taking the job permanently increase. He’s been 3-for-3 on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points. One area he has struggled has been kickoffs, but I feel like that can be fixed over the bye.

Obviously, we haven’t seen Badgley kick a deep field goal so there’s some concern for me personally there. But if he continues to hit and takes steps during the bye to improve his kickoffs, I think the battle between him and Sturgis is over.

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