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LA Chargers: 5 things to improve on in Week 5 vs. New Orleans

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Jordan Whitehead #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Jordan Whitehead #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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5. Figure out the run game

The LA Chargers rushing attack started off hot. The team boasted one of the best rushing offenses in the league with 338 rushing yards in the first couple of weeks. They have cooled down since, with 117 rushing yards against the Panthers and just 46 against the Bucs.

Granted, Tampa Bay has one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and the Chargers weren’t expecting to be without their feature back Ekeler, who couldn’t finish the first quarter.

Losing Ekeler was a very tough blow, but Kelley has been somewhat of a revelation and Jackson has shown he’s incredibly talented when healthy. Believe it or not, they have the potential to be one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.

If they involve Herbert and other playmakers like Joe Reed on the ground, they’ve got themselves a very solid rushing attack that can not only survive Ekeler’s absence but thrive in spite of it.

They will quickly have to figure out what works and what doesn’t, and with a patchwork offensive line, that might be easier said than done. However, it won’t be because they lack talent or creativity.

With all their flaws and deficiencies, I believe Shane Steichen and Anthony Lynn are the right men for the job. Lynn has historically featured potent rushing attacks that rank among the best in the league.

That was his calling card before becoming head coach of the Chargers. Steichen is an excellent play designer, and he can find ways to create running lanes and space for the team’s young running backs.

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These are the five main ways the LA Chargers can improve for their Week 5 primetime matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

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