The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off of one of their best offensive performances of the year after a 39-29 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Justin Herbert looked much more comfortable running the offense and his receivers were the beneficiaries.
Going into Week 8, the Chargers are looking for their third win on the year against a struggling Denver Broncos team. Let’s take a look at what the Bolts can do to keep the momentum they have started to build.
3. Contain Melvin Gordon
Revenge games are always entertaining, and this week is no different. After their less than amicable separation, the Chargers will have their hands full facing their former teammate. Gordon has not been the same dominant back that he used to be for the Bolts, but he is still more than capable of going off for 100+ yards and a score or two. Add in the fact that Denver has zero semblance of a passing game, and this has a run-heavy matchup written all over it. After giving up 119 yards to James Robinson last week against Jacksonville, the run defense will need to be much better if they want their first winning streak of the season.
2. Kelley and Jackson Need to Show Up
Unless your name is Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray, there is no reason why a quarterback should have the most rushing yards for their team. This was the case for LA last week when Herbert ran for 66 yards while Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson combined for a mere 41. With the unpredictable Denver weather in store for this matchup, the running core will need to have a much better game plan if they want to leave Colorado with a win.
1. Don’t Make the Big Mistake
The Bronco defense has been their sole strength this season, meaning that this could be a low scoring affair. This will make it that much more important for the Chargers to take care of the football this week. Justin Herbert has done a better job of limiting his turnovers of late, with no interceptions the past two weeks after 3 in his first three starts.