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LA Chargers: Five keys to an upset win over Josh Allen’s Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Bills beat the Rams 35 to 32. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Bills beat the Rams 35 to 32. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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The LA Chargers have a chance to get their first winning streak of the season when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.

A win over the Jets helped the Chargers get off their losing schnide. It’s all about going on a run now in these last six games. Any momentum the team can build on heading into next season is key with a rookie quarterback and some young players looking to improve. It sounds corny, but it is more about going 1-0 every week rather than some possible playoff dream.

Unlike their last opponent though, Buffalo presents the Chargers with more challenges. Josh Allen is much improved this season, even if he’s been in a bit of a slump over the last five games. Having Stefon Diggs has helped him and the Bills’ offense immensely.

The defense needs to be at their best. That’s a challenge considering all of the names piling up on the injury report. While Chris Harris will likely return, Melvin Ingram, Casey Hayward, and Uchenna Nwosu are all out for this one. One step forward, three steps back.

1. A good Kenneth Murray game

Kenneth Murray has struggled this season in part because the Chargers are asking him to do too much. Murray was mostly used in the backfield in college as a run stopper or pass rusher. He certainly wasn’t refined in pass coverage when he was drafted.

This week has the potential to serve as a “get right” game for Murray. Keep the game plan as simple as possible here.

QB spy would be a good role for Murray this week. Someone needs to stop Josh Allen from running out of the pocket and picking up first downs. Earlier this year against the Chiefs, the Chargers let Patrick Mahomes run for first downs too often.

He ended up leading the Chiefs in rush yards that week. That wasn’t the only time this year that Los Angeles struggled with a quarterback escaping the pressure.

Murray will still be needed as a run defender and coverage linebacker at points, but effectively quarterback spying on Allen would help him the team out immensely. It’s one thing if Allen simply beats the Chargers through the air, but they can’t allow him to make big plays with his legs.

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