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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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

4. Stop worrying about offensive touches so much

This is a trend I’ve noticed in the games since Austin Ekeler returned against Buffalo. Ever since then, the offense has gotten much less creative. By no means do I think that’s the fault of Ekeler. It’s the fault of a coaching staff too worried about touches.

Every play now seems to be a run up the middle, Herbert five to seven step drop back, or screen pass to Ekeler. They’re not taking the same amount of deep shots they used to take down the field. They also refuse to roll Herbert out like they did against the Jets.

Ekeler’s great and should get touches, but they shouldn’t be as forced as they’re being right now. Half of Herbert’s passes being screens is way too many.

The Chargers have played their best offensive football this year when they spread the ball around. Herbert might be locked in on Keenan Allen as his wideout, but it should be a little more even all around apart from that.

Forcing calls to a player other than him just seems to clog up the offense and kill momentum. It may be harder with Ekeler, Henry, and Allen being so crucial to Herbert, but scheme some other guys open to catch the defense off guard as well.

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