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Minnesota at LA Chargers
Dalvin Cook appears to be back to peak Dalvin Cook form after dominating last week in a tough matchup against the Ravens rushing for 110 yards on just 17 carries. To put that into context, Cook was the first running back to rush for over 100 yards against the Ravens since Week 11 2020 against the Titans. Since coming back from injury, Cook has averaged 109 yards rushing in three tough matchups against Carolina, Dallas and Baltimore. The one thing to keep an eye on this week is the Covid impact for Minnesota as Garrett Bradbury, Dakota Dozier, and a practice squad tackle all are dealing with Covid at the moment so hopefully it does not expand. Of those players only Bradbury is a regular starter, but it can spread rapidly.
It's become tradition at this point, that the Chargers are hitting lead off in our best matchup writeup. They have been in this article now every week since Week 3, and unless they find a way to change things drastically can be expected to be an every week mainstay. Last week, the Eagles ran the ball a staggering 39 times while throwing the ball just 17 times in this game. In total they amounted 176 yards and 2 touchdowns as this defense just continues to not be able to stop anyone. The problem with this defense just continues to be that the front seven is the weakest in football as outside of Joey Bosa, there is not a player to get excited about. This is a team that is entirely dedicated to stopping the pass, as Kyzir White and Dru Tranquill are decent pass defenders and even better pass rush linebackers but find themselves consistently out of position and the defensive line is not doing them any favors as they are having to try to shed a block while out of position which that combination makes it almost impossible.
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