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Bold predictions for Chargers season opener against Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Travis Benjamin #12 of the San Diego Chargers catches the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Travis Benjamin #12 of the San Diego Chargers catches the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers fakes a hand off to running back Justin Jackson #22 during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers fakes a hand off to running back Justin Jackson #22 during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Chargers rush for over 150 yards

The Chargers had a prolific rushing attack last season, but it was led by Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon is currently holding out from his contract, and hasn’t reported yet to the team.

In his absence, head coach Anthony Lynn has expressed his confidence in Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, who will split carries in the backfield for the game against the Colts. Last season, when Gordon missed four games, the Chargers rushed for an average of 84 yards per game.

Three of those games featured a backfield split between Ekeler and Jackson, while the fourth game had Ekeler missing because of injury as well. During the three games Ekeler and Jackson played together, Ekeler saw 40 carries, while Jackson only had 17. During Week 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs, when Ekeler missed the game, Jackson carried the ball 16 times.

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While not very effective without Gordon, the Chargers’ coaching staff has now had enough time to prepare for a Gordon-less ground attack, and the split between Ekeler and Jackson will probably be more even. Jabaal Sheard missing the game for the Colts will help a suspect Chargers offensive line open holes.

All this will surprise fans who expect Philip Rivers to carry the offense during the whole game. Instead, Ekeler and Jackson will carry the ball comfortably all game long and rack up 150 yards in the process.

Those were the three bold predictions for the Chargers’ regular season opener. Make sure to look for next week’s article to see how these predictions fared.

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