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3 pitfalls Chargers must avoid in Week 12 vs. Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a one handed catch out of bounds against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 18-17. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a one handed catch out of bounds against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 18-17. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Don’t sleep on David Johnson

Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and even Le’Veon Bell, who hasn’t played a snap all season, are the names you hear when talking about the best running backs in the league. But David Johnson, despite playing on a poor team, deserves to be on that list.

Johnson has had a quiet season for the most part and those who drafted him in their fantasy leagues have likely dealt with a little frustration, but he’s coming on and gaining steam in recent weeks.

During the Cardinals’ first eight games, Johnson didn’t rush for more than 71 yards in any of them. But the Cardinals seem to be focused on getting him the ball and in his last two games, he’s rushed for 98 yards and 137 yards, respectively. In addition, he has 54 touches in those two games as he is quite capable of hurting a defense as a receiver as well.

That news isn’t great for a Charges with a recent problem of stopping the run seemingly rearing its ugly head again. Dion Lewis had some big runs against them in the game played in London and last week, Phillip Lindsay had success, including bursting threw a hole for a 41-yard touchdown run.

The Chargers are nowhere near as bad as they have been against the run, but facing a hot running back such as Johnson is a bit of a concern. They’ll need to stop him early and force rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to beat them.

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