After a pair of mistake-filled losses, the Los Angeles Chargers get a bit of a break with an easier draw against the Miami Dolphins. In the NFL, any team can be dangerous, so the Chargers will still need excellent gameplanning to overcome their injury woes and defeat this Dolphins team.
Last week, the Dolphins hung with one of the NFL’s best teams, the Dallas Cowboys, through the first half. If the Chargers hope to get a win (and potentially give their starters rest in the second half), they will need to overcome many injuries.
Below are the injuries each team is facing this week, as well as how the Chargers may gameplan to compensate or take advantage of those injuries.
Justin Jackson, Running Back – Out (Calf)
Surprisingly, Jackson was spotted in a walking boot at practice on Friday. This certainly complicates the roster at running back, as Melvin Gordon returned this week but was not expected to play without more practice time.
Now, it is unclear if Gordon may be pressed into action, or if Troymaine Pope will become the complementary back behind Austin Ekeler. Jackson’s injury is worth monitoring in the future, as he was among the league leaders in yards per carry at a whopping 7.9 yards per attempt.
Travis Benjamin, Wide Receiver – Doubtful (Hip)
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver – Out (Back)
Jackson’s injury is unlikely to push the Chargers to pass more, as they are also shallow at the receiver position. Dontrelle Inman will be the main one taking extra snaps at receiver, but Geremy Davis and Andre Patton will likely also be pressed into action.
These backup receivers may be important in defeating the Dolphins, as the talented Xavien Howard will likely be tracking Keenan Allen.