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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 Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Charger
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Charger /

3. A breakout Hunter Henry game

Hunter Henry just hasn’t been a factor for the LA Chargers lately. The impending free agent tight end has just 11 receptions for 89 yards in his last three games.

Perhaps the explanation is that him and Justin Herbert aren’t on the same page yet. Maybe it’s that his route running just isn’t going to be what it once was following all the injuries. Whatever it is, this is the week to fix it. The Chargers need Henry to get open with a sluggish linebacker group defending him.

Henry doesn’t need to go crazy in this one, but it would be nice to see him get more than the usual three or four receptions. He hasn’t seen five receptions in a game since Week 3 against Carolina. Carolina and Miami are similar in terms of having inexperienced linebackers in coverage.

Even if he doesn’t get a ton of yards, I’d really just love to see him be a threat in the red zone again. Through his first eight games last season, Henry had three touchdowns. This year, he has just one.

Los Angeles plays some quality defenses and linebacker groups in their final eight game stretch, so it would be nice to see them take advantage of the mismatch here. Any possible momentum for Henry would be welcomed by the offense.

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