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Chargers: Reasons they win or lose against Raiders

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers laughs with Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders after a 26-10 Charger win at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers laughs with Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders after a 26-10 Charger win at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after forcing a fumble by Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after forcing a fumble by Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Chargers reason they lose: Josh Jacobs

The Chargers may not be as good at stopping running backs as they appear to be; at least, so long as the opposing team is either committed to getting their running backs the football or has a serviceable quarterback where defenses have to respect the pass.

Is Mitchell Trubisky a good quarterback? No. Did the Packers commit to running the football? If they planned on it, it was quickly wiped away when Aaron Rodgers was forced to throw 35 times.

Team committed to getting their running back the football, or having the game flow not force them to air it out to wide receivers, have these results vs the Chargers this year:

  • Marlon Mack: 25 carries, 174 yards, one touchdown
  • Kerryon Johnson: 12 carries, 41 yards, two catches, 47 yards, one touchdown
  • James Conner: 16 carries, 41 yards, seven catches, 78 yards, one touchdown.
  • Derrick Henry: 22 carries, 90 yards, one touchdown, one catch, 18 yards.

In those four games (three losses) the Chargers gave up almost 90 or more total yards and at least one touchdown to all four lead backs.

Josh Jacobs is a hair shy of averaging 20 rushes for 100 yards (five yards per rush) every game, and is a favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year this season.

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