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LA Chargers: Drew Lock’s play action and five keys to beating the Broncos

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos smiles as he celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos smiles as he celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

After their win last Sunday, the LA Chargers head into Denver looking for their first win streak of the season. What do they need to do to beat the Broncos?

The LA Chargers got their second win of the season on Sunday, but suffered a setback with the coronavirus this week. Ryan Groy‘s confirmed positive test was really unfortunate, and we all wish him the best in his recovery. Barring more positive tests though, the game is still on for Sunday.

While the Broncos’ defensive line isn’t what it was in previous years due to injuries, the Chargers’ offensive line still needs to be on it’s game. Denver is 11th in rush defense. While not the cream of the crop in that category, they can still cause a lot of problems for Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley, who have struggled immensely in recent weeks.

1. Bryan Bulaga being able to play

This would’ve been a key anyway, but it’s become even more important over the last 24 hours. Trey Pipkins hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game, but he was put on the COVID-19 reserve list after being in close contact with Groy. Forrest Lamp and Easton Stick have both been cleared, so it may come down to a game time decision for Pipkins.

Bryan Bulaga playing would really help the right side of the line, especially since Groy and Trai Turner are both out. He’s great in pass protection, but it is even better when it comes  to run blocking. The Chargers will need to get something going with their running game in this one, as you can bet Denver is preparing for Justin Herbert.

The Chargers can still beat the Broncos is Bulaga misses another week, but it feels important to stabilize the offensive line as much as they can. More vet experience is never a bad thing, especially if it helps out Herbert and the running backs.

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