4. Run the ball, control the tempo.
Rain could be in the forecast for Sunday’s game as it stands. There’s around a 15% chance of rain at kickoff at 4:05 PM ET. The Chargers were already planning to run the ball a lot more this season, but they may do it even more in this game.
Austin Ekeler is more than prepared to handle the load. Justin Jackson will be right behind him and I’m sure you’ll see Joshua Kelley get some carries here and there. Ekeler and Jackson having successful 4-5+ yard runs will be a key to the offense getting going, especially if there are poor weather conditions.
Other than just getting big rushes from the running backs, it’s also important to control the clock and more specifically the tempo. It was turnovers that killed their time of possession in some games last year. When you’re conceding 35-40 minutes of offense to an opponent due to interceptions, it’s rather difficult to win.
The Chargers just can’t turn it over. Giving Burrow field position and allowing him to gain confidence would be a mistake. Let Tyrod Taylor throw, but give the running backs a solid 25-30 carries. Let’s hope the interior line can create some running room.