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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 Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

5. The whole team needs to step up in the third quarter

I thought about singling out the defense here, but the whole team is to blame here. The offense hasn’t performed all that well coming out of halftime in recent games. While Las Vegas put up 14 on the board in the third quarter, the Chargers managed just one field goal.

The defense in the third quarter has certainly been problematic. In the last five games, the Chargers are allowing 11.6 third quarter points per game. It goes without saying that you’re probably not going to win too many football games while giving up nearly two touchdowns in a single quarter on average.

After the third quarter letdown last week, the defense showed signs of life with two huge fourth quarter stops. They need that level of effort for all four quarters this week, but particularly in the third.

This is where Anthony Lynn, Gus Bradley, and Shane Steichen come in. Heck, George Stewart should be making some better halftime decisions considering the missed field goals and punting miscues. Right now, I see a Dolphins team that isn’t actually better than the Chargers from a talent standpoint. The coaching of the Fins is where they excel under Brian Flores’ staff.

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Whether it’s a 10 point lead at halftime or a 10 point deficit, adjustments should still be made. The Chargers can’t afford to get off to another bad start in the third quarter if they’re going to beat a hot Miami team at home.

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