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LA Chargers: Five keys to beating the winless Jets

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Ty Long #1 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Ty Long #1 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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3. Don’t give 20+ touches to Kalen Ballage

Any running back that isn’t Austin Ekeler shouldn’t be getting 20 touches per game. That’s certainly not a diss to Kalen Ballage, as he’s played admirably in his two games as a Charger so far. At the end of the day though, the Chargers are giving so much responsibility to a running back who came off the practice squad two weeks ago.

Obviously, if the Chargers get a big lead, the game and situation change. But it was absolutely painful last week to see the Chargers go down 12 in the fourth quarter and continue to try to play bully ball against the Fins when they were perfectly content to let the clock run.

Against this secondary, which I’ll get to specifically in just a bit, the Chargers should be airing it out consistently. Given the Chargers’ habit of getting into really close games, there’s no excuse for the volume to be under 40 or so throws unless it turns into a rout.

Ballage, Troymaine Pope, and to a lesser extent Joshua Kelley can be decent contributors. This is a game where the Chargers need to put it back into Herbert’s hands though.

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