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LA Chargers: Five keys to a win over the struggling Las Vegas Raiders

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a fourth quarter pass against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a fourth quarter pass against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. EDGE improvement against the run vs. Raiders

The Chargers were a complete mess when it came to stopping the run against the Raiders. Joey Bosa was out with Jerry Tillery and his place and Melvin Ingram was still playing through the knee injury opposite him.

When it was all said and done, the Raiders put up 160 rushing yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns. It was a total bludgeoning with Devontae Booker and Josh Jacobs being allowed to have whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it. Outside runs in particular were devastating.

Luckily for this game, Bosa is back. With Melvin Ingram’s season over due to the lingering knee injury, it will likely be a combination of Isaac Rochell and Uchenna Nwosu on the other side.

I wouldn’t even say the Chargers have to shut down Jacobs or the Raiders’ running game as a whole. What they have to do is be more sufficient on the edge though. Finishing tackles and preventing outside runs will be crucial.

A five yard run from Jacobs probably won’t be able to be prevented every now and then. But a 20+ yard run from Booker just can’t happen. Hopefully, Bosa, Nwosu, and Rochell hold the edge well compared to the previous Raiders matchup.

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