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Philadelphia vs LA Chargers
Philadelphia may have found a bright spot after Miles Sanders went down as Boston Scott and Jordan Howard had tremendous games last week to a surprise to most people. Scott and Howard combined for 24 carries, 117 yards and 4 touchdowns. The reason this was a surprise was the lack of involvement that Kenneth Gainwell had as while he led the team in attempts with 13 carries, these were all when the game was well out of hand as Scott/Howard played the main role for the Eagles. The Eagles offense is a run-first offense as they have been extremely effective with it averaging 5.0 yards-per-carry which is third in the NFL this season and a big part of that is the versatility that Jalen Hurts brings to this offense.
There is not much more to say about the Chargers rushing defense other than they are the worst in the league, surrendering 159.4 yards per game, more than 10 yards per game worse than the Houston Texans (148.1). The Chargers also rank last in the league in yards per carry (5.1) surrendered. Opponents have been a high floor rushing production against the Chargers, as all but the Raiders (48 yards) have produced more than 126 rushing yards this season. The linebacker situation which has been a significant problem all year may get slightly better this week as Kenneth Murray will return, but Murray has struggled tremendously in his two seasons as an NFL starter. The defensive line also needs to greatly improve outside of Joey Bosa who is their one bright spot on this front seven, as Uchenna Nwosu has been one of the worst run-stopping defensive ends in the NFL, while Linval Joseph and Christian Covington have both struggled up the middle for the Chargers.
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