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New England at LA Chargers
The Patriots are fresh off a 54-13 victory against the Jets in Week 7, when Damien Harris ran 14 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. One of the bigger stories of the game was Rhamondre Stevenson as a healthy scratch in favor of J.J. Taylor. Taylor himself scored two touchdowns, but both were late game garbage time situations. Damien Harris has scored in three straight games, with 14, 18, and 14 carries in Weeks 5, 6, and 7 respectively, and is locked into a leading role in the running back corps. Harris has been productive with his volume averaging 4.6 yards-per-carry as the team looks to continue to build the running game to help their weak pass blocking offensive line.
Over the past four weeks, the Chargers have given up the third most points per game (31.2) to opposing running backs. The Chargers are without starting linebacker Kenneth Murray who has been on injured reserved with an ankle injury, while Drue Tranquill, who has filled in for Murray, is nursing a chest injury. The Chargers have given up the most rushing yards (132) to opposing running backs through Week 7 and the third fewest running back receiving yards (27) per game, which sets up as a good matchup for Damien Harris, who has done nearly all of his work on the ground. The Chargers linebacker depth is a major issue as this is a team that is built to rush the passer and shut down the pass, but their 5.3 yards-per-carry against the run is a major weakness.
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