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LA Chargers: 5 keys to defeating Tua Tagovailoa’s surging Dolphins

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa runs past linebacker Haason Reddick #43 and linebacker Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa runs past linebacker Haason Reddick #43 and linebacker Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers head to Miami to take on Tua Tagovailoa’s surging Dolphins. What can they do to get a win on Sunday?

At 2-6, the LA Chargers are simply looking for a win by any means necessary. Before this season, this looked like a game that would potentially be a cakewalk for the Bolts. But the Dolphins have developed much faster than anyone expected. They’re a wildcard contender at the very least.

With the current state of the Chargers’ defense, no lead or offensive performance is good enough to finish the game alone. Los Angeles needs four full quarters of football, and it’s hard to guarantee that considering the past few weeks.

1. QB spy on Tua Tagovailoa

Miami will not beat the Chargers with the same style of downhill running that the Raiders did. Myles Gaskin was the lead running back for Miami prior to landing on the injured reserve a little over a week ago.

Matt Breida is a speedy backfield threat in some circumstances, but he’s nursing an injury and is questionable for Sunday. Salvon Ahmed and Jordan Howard might be the running backs who end up shouldering a bulk of the load.

Even with their running backs healthy, Miami is still a poor rushing team. They rank bottom five in the league with 97.1 yards per game. Last week, Tua Tagovailoa evaded enough pressure to finish with seven carries for 35 yards. Tagovailoa isn’t a dual threat quarterback, but the Fins could use his athleticism and evasiveness considering the injuries at running back.

.@Tua putting the moves on the defense. #FinsUp

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It may be unconventional, but having Kenneth Murray or one of the linebackers serve as a quarterback spy to prevent a big run/first down conversion from Tagovailoa could help. The Chargers have let too many quarterbacks pick up first down with their legs, particularly earlier in the season.

With Murray’s current “communication issues”, having him at QB spy could also serve as a get-right game for him.

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