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4 huge long-term positives Chargers fans can take away from Week 5 win

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3. Joshua Kelley finally emerged as the RB2 over Sony Michel

The run game was fantastic for the Chargers in this game and was ultimately the reason why the offense was so successful. We outlined heading into Week 5 how running the ball was the secret sauce for the Chargers and that was on full display in this game as Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley were the driving engines of the offense.

While the numbers are obviously a promising thing for the Chargers to take away from this game, the more promising takeaway for fans is how the team approached the running back position. After multiple weeks of petitioning in the fanbase, the Bolts have finally given Kelley the RB2 job.

LA signed Sony Michel after he was waived by the Miami Dolphins and what looked like a depth running back signing suddenly turned into being the team's RB2. The results were atrocious as Michel was very ineffective running the ball and even had a dropped pass that led to an interception in Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Meanwhile, Kelley was running the ball and pass-protecting very well in the limited chances he was getting. Michel was still getting the looks over Kelley, who earned the RB2 job with a strong preseason.

That finally changed in this game as Kelley played far more than Michel did. Kelley ran the ball 10 times for 49 yards and also picked up 39 yards on two receptions. Meanwhile, Michel was relegated to one red-zone run (which fittingly went for zero yards).

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