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If these 3 things happen, the Chargers will beat the Titans in Week 7

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Austin Ekeler of Los Angeles Chargers is brought down by Jayon Brown of Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Austin Ekeler of Los Angeles Chargers is brought down by Jayon Brown of Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Derrick Henry (22) of the Tennessee Titans in action during the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Derrick Henry (22) of the Tennessee Titans in action during the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Shut down Derrick Henry

Henry is the Titans’ offense. There’s no need to make things complicated. If a team shuts him down, it has a great chance of winning.

Last week, Henry rushed for just 28 yards on 15 carries against the Broncos (who allowed Leonard Fournette to go for over 200 yards just two weeks earlier). If they can figure out a strategy to shut Henry down, the Chargers can too.

The Titans are going to want to establish the run. They are playing Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and though some may argue that he’s better than Marcus Mariota, it’s really is a toss up. Neither guy has been great and if the Chargers lose back-to-back-to-back games to Joe Flacco, Hodges and then Tannehill, that’s a story in and of itself. A bad story.

The Chargers need to load up the box to shut Henry down and make Tannehill beat them. IT’s RYAN TANNEHILL! There should be no worries about him throwing down the field on them. But if Henry gets it going and pounds the ball down the field gaining six, seven and eight yards per carry, which will, in turn, open up the passing game, then the Chargers could be in for a long day.

Beating the Titans, for any team, starts with shutting down their power rushing attack. However, that will be a challenge for the Chargers, who rank No. 22 against the run in the league, allowing an average of 120.5 yards per game on the ground.

Both Justin Jones and Brandon Mebane will miss this game for the Chargers, making this task much more difficult to accomplish.

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