2. Better pass rush pressure from the interior
With Joey Bosa back in the fold, the Chargers know they’re getting pressure off of the left side. Bosa accounted for eight of the team’s 16 defensive pressures last week. He’ll get into the backfield regardless of what the rest of the defense is doing.
Nwosu will not play in this game after suffering a shoulder injury against the Jets. Ingram popped up on the injury report this week with a knee ailment and is out as well. That’s fairly devastating for the left edge spot.
That leaves a lot of questions for the left side considering neither can play. Maybe the Chargers move Jerry Tillery to the left side? Perhaps Isaac Rochell? We’ll see how that plays out. Either way, the interior will need to provide more pass rush boost than usual. They will tilt the scale one way or the other.
Linval Joseph has been good enough all year, but he’ll need to be better. He’s averaged about two pressures per game. Registering his first sack of the season in this game would be huge in terms of cutting Bosa loose.
Tillery went on a hot streak starting with the Jacksonville game, but he’s cooled off immensely in the last two weeks. Like with Joseph, a sack or a few impact rushes is almost essential.