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

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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4. Austin Ekeler touches > Joshua Kelley touches

Joshua Kelley having more touches than Austin Ekeler against the Chiefs bugged me. By the end of the game, Kelley had seven more rushing attempts and five more total touches than Ekeler.

It goes without saying that short-yardage situations will be Kelley’s responsibility without Justin Jackson playing. Going from 12 carries to 23 with a healthy Austin Ekeler in both games felt like a mistake though. The efficiency wasn’t there from Kelley in the second half to warrant the number of carries he was getting.

In the Chiefs’ game, the rookie running back averaged three fewer yards per carry than Ekeler’s 5.8. Kelley has definitely made some big plays this season, but the Chargers shouldn’t overthink running back usage with Ekeler being one of the most efficient players at the position in the league.

I don’t think the LA Chargers will be in as many short-yardage situations against the Panthers, but even if they are, Ekeler has been better on the ground and in the air. Remember that he’s your RB1 this week.

On a side note, it felt like every Chargers’ run was up the gut in Week 2, but I’d like to see more movement. Make the Panthers cover in space, try some sweep plays.

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