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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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5. Please, just stop Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine

Ugh. Even with how bad the rush defense has been, I still expected the Chargers to put up a bit more of a fight against Salvon Ahmed. It was the fourth straight game that the Chargers allowed 100+ yards on the ground.

Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine are both averaging 3.6 yards per carry on the season. If the Chargers can’t stop another 100-yard rushing game by that backfield, it’s a major red flag for this defense. I don’t mean that just for the rest of this season, but also for the future as well.

It’s weird because the interior lineman aren’t statistically bad really. It’s an improvement over previous Chargers’ defensive interiors. Even so, they can’t be getting run over like they are now. The Bolts have to seal off the edge. Bosa being back will help in that effort, but Ingram and Uchenna Nwosu have to do their parts as well.

There’s a lot of stuff that Chargers fans can pin on Gus Bradley and Anthony Lynn for this season in terms of defensive scheming, but run defending mostly comes down to effort. Beat your man to bring down the runner in the backfield. Perhaps it sounds cliché, but it’s true.

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The Jets’ offensive line is allowing their running backs less than one yard on average prior to contact. There shouldn’t be any holes opening for Gore and Perine, regardless of problems on the defensive line.

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