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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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3. Usage of Austin Ekeler in the passing game

It appears that Austin Ekeler is set to be back on the field for the first time since Week 4. A limited workload is probably what Ekeler will get in this game if he does play. 15-20 snaps would still be a big deal though, especially with how reliant the team has been on running backs like Kalen Ballage and Troymaine Pope.

Even if the Chargers aren’t planning on using him a lot, there are still some interesting ways to use Ekeler in the passing game. Screenplays are Ekeler’s bread and butter. Shane Steichen could also split him out wide as a decoy. Opposing defenses have to account for Ekeler no matter what with his level of playmaking ability.

If Herbert hits Ekeler in stride, it might result in a touchdown. We’ve seen it with Philip Rivers and Herbert has a hell of a lot more arm strength right now. If the Bills’ secondary locks Ekeler up, it likely means that some other receiver is open.

Number 30 presents an offensive threat that Ballage and other backs simply can’t match. Creatively, the Bolts have to take advantage of having their RB #1 back.

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