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LA Chargers: Limiting Robby Anderson and the 5 keys to beating Carolina

Alexander Insdorf
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 13: Robby Anderson #11 of the Carolina Panthers breaks free for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Las Vegas won 34-30. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 13: Robby Anderson #11 of the Carolina Panthers breaks free for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Las Vegas won 34-30. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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2. A slower game for Justin Herbert

The LA Chargers did win the possession battle vs. Kansas City, but it was mostly due to the 10-minute 4th quarter field goal drive. That certainly isn’t to take away from the total effort as the offense did a good job managing time, but they could’ve afforded to go slower earlier.

By slower, I mean that Herbert should attempt to be a bit more methodical in this one. If you can run for two yards and go out of bounds instead of heaving the football to a double-covered Keenan Allen, do it.

Even on last week’s final 3rd and Goal in regulation, it seemed like the Chargers were trying to crank up the tempo on the Chiefs instead of taking a timeout to go over the play. The resulting wrong side handoff fake play wasn’t well executed.

Herbert should still take deep shots if he sees an opening, but I’d like to see slower drives where he dissects the Panthers’ defense.

If you wear out Carolina’s rebuilding secondary earlier on the time of possession battle, the remainder of the game might not be that close. Allen and Hunter Henry are his best friends in that regard.

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