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Baltimore vs LA Chargers
Baltimore’s running game continues to run through Lamar Jackson as this offense continues to deal with significant injuries. Baltimore continues to be without left tackle Ronnie Stanley who is suffering from an ankle injury. Alejandro Villanueva has taken Stanley’s spot on the left side of the line. The Baltimore offense again was led by Latavius Murray, the third consecutive week he led the backfield in touches. Notably, Ty’Son Williams was active in Week 5 after being a healthy scratch in Week 4, when the Ravens made Le’Veon Bell active instead. Williams only had four carries last week and did nothing with them amounting just six yards. Latavius Murray continues to be the lead back, but even he only had 6 carries in a game that Baltimore fell behind early in this past week after having 18 carries the prior week.
The Chargers scheme to protect against the passing game and create a run funnel making a good matchup for opposing running offenses. The Chargers are coming off a shootout win against the Browns in Week 5, where they surrendered 230 rushing yards, including a 21 carry, 161-yard, one touchdown performance by Nick Chubb and a 12 carry 61-yard, two touchdown performance by Kareem Hunt. Outside of a 48-yard performance by the Raiders in Week 4, the Chargers have surrendered 126 or more rushing yards, and in three of the last four games they have surrendered 186 or more rushing yards. The issue for the Chargers is that they are incredibly weak up the middle. This is a defense that has gotten incredibly poor performances thus far out of their defensive tackles in Christian Covington and Jerry Tillery. This greatly impacts a linebacker and safety unit that are better coverage players than run stoppers. This defense greatly lacks an identity against the run.
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