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Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson Key To Final Push

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Justin Jackson #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Justin Jackson #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain and will be out a few weeks.

We are going to be without Melvin Gordon for a few weeks and he COULD be back before the end of the season. The team is going to lean on Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in the final push to the playoffs.

Ekeler has always been a fun back to watch and should get the opportunity to share carries with Justin Jackson. He is a home run hitter and it should be fun to see him get more work in the backfield.

The offensive line has been putting in work for the running game and Gordon was having an incredible season. He had a few bumps and bruises from the year and this will could get him fresh legs before the playoffs.

When Justin Jackson got into the game yesterday, he looked like he was playing at a different gear from everyone else. It is nice to have fresh legs. We could get that from Melvin in the playoffs and he will be key.

The biggest thing we will miss is Melvin’s ability to pound the rock in the red zone and his drive to get the touchdown. Can we get that from Ekeler or Jackson. Ekeler is a good threat for the home run, but will he get the tough yards right at the red zone? Will Ken look to pound it up the middle with him? He did it yesterday and we will need more of it.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are up next and we are going to need a huge game from both of these guys. I expect to see it out of both of them! I watched the little backs of Denver chop up the Steelers defense and I know our guys can do the same. It is going to be a fun one!

What do you guys expect from Jackson and Ekeler?

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