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The Las Vegas offensive line performed better in Week 3 after struggling mightily in the first two weeks of the season. Peyton Barber started in place of an injured Josh Jacobs and produced 23 carries for 111 yards and a rushing touchdown. Barber averaged 0.5 yards before contact in Week 3 after averaging -1.1 yards before contact in Week 2. Right tackle Alex Leatherwood missed time with an injury in Week 2 but was able to play all of the Raiders’ offensive snaps in Week 3, playing better as a run blocker than as a pass blocker. While Las Vegas signed Kenyan Drake in free agency, he has struggled as a runner and does not present a threat to the rushing workload of Jacobs or Barber. Jacobs’s injury status will be a key watch this week after missing the past two weeks.
The Chargers rank 32nd in rushing yards allowed this season (170 yards per game), and gave up a season-best performance to Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Week 3 with 17 carries at 100 yards. Much of the Chargers’ defensive scheme is designed around playing two high safeties and prioritizing passing defense ahead of run defense, which creates rushing opportunities for opposing offenses. The Chargers have given up the ninth most fantasy points per game allowed to running backs through three weeks (27). Joey Bosa returned from injury in Week 3 and should see a growing role in future weeks. This continues to be a defense that is trying to find an identity at the linebacker position. Second-year first-round pick linebacker Kenneth Murray has seen his snap counts decrease from 100% in Week 1 down to 79% in Week 2 and down to 51% in Week 3. This truly is a rotational unit as they have had six linebackers with 30% or more snaps last week and none had more than 70% of the snaps.
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