4. Attacking the injured Broncos’ D-Line
If there ever is a week where the LA Chargers get their running game going without Austin Ekeler, this might be it. While Denver’s rush defense has been decent all season, they’re missing quite a few pieces heading into this one. Jurrell Casey, Von Miller, and Mike Purcell are just a few of the defensive line pieces that are currently on IR.
That might just balance out with the Chargers missing some of their offensive line contributors, but the Bolts could take advantage of the Broncos having to defensively commit to early-down throws from Herbert.
Jackson and Kelley aren’t suddenly going to have breakout games, but the Broncos not being able to load the box as consistently due to the fear of Herbert throwing helps.
Another possible element of the run game that I think could help is more even distribution of touches between the running backs. Kelley had 12 rushing attempts against Jacksonville to Jackson’s five.
It was a weird shift, especially considering the game that Jackson had against New Orleans prior to the bye week. The Chargers might lean on whoever has the hot hand, but it makes a lot of sense to mix it up against an injured defensive front.