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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to Kansas City Chiefs fans after the Chargers defeated the Chiefs with a final score of 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to Kansas City Chiefs fans after the Chargers defeated the Chiefs with a final score of 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during 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 Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The healthy return of Austin Ekeler

The Chargers just aren’t the same without their sparkplug, Austin Ekeler, who has missed the last two games due to injury. But what he brings to the table is immeasurable.

Ekeler is one of the best receiving running backs in all of football and what he can do to a defense on third downs is huge. The Chargers already have great weapons in the passing game, but when a defense has to account for a serious threat such as Ekeler out of the backfield, they become even more dangerous.

On the season, Ekeler has caught 39 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also gained 496 yards on the ground to go along with two more touchdowns. Most importantly, he gets over five yards per carry, which he did as a rookie as well.

Justin Jackson has done a good job filling in for him, but having a full rotation of backs will become necessary in the postseason.

Next Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the game may become a moot point if the Chiefs are able to beat the Oakland Raiders. Unless Ekeler is feeling 100 percent ready, it might be best to hold him out of that game as well.

That will give him the best chance to contribute and help the Chargers advance past the Wild Card round the following week.

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