Take 2: The LA Chargers have fixed their run defense problem
The LA Chargers have really struggled against the run the last two weeks against the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. The run defense itself was already shaky and was made worse by Justin Jones and Chris Harris missing time. Jones is an important presence in the middle while Chris Harris is the team's best run-defending cornerback.
Josh Jacobs was declared healthy to play and whoever has him on fantasy football must have been relieved to hear that news, thinking that he was going to have a great game against this Chargers run defense.
He didn't and it really was not even his fault.
Jacobs carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards with five receptions for only 17 yards. The Chargers were able to not only slow Jacobs down but essentially slow down the entire running attack of the Raiders. When the dust settled, the Raiders only had 48 rushing yards on 18 attempts.
Part of the success was the fact that the Raiders were trailing 21-0 at halftime and had to fully commit to the pass in the second half. However, that does not take away from what the defensive line did as it was swallowing up the early-down running attempts in the first half, forcing the Raiders into several long third-down chances.
It was a welcomed sight to see and it is a step in the right direction for sure but we cannot say that the problem is completely fixed after just one strong showing. The Raiders average the sixth-lowest rushing yards per game and second-lowest rushing yards per attempt.
Vegas has a bad interior offensive line and it showed in this one. The Chargers won this battle but there is still more work to be done on that front.