One approach to counter San Francisco’s a number of offensive threats is management the time of possession. That would require that the Chargers run, one thing they’ve didn’t do with sustained success in seven of eight video games. And now, they’re going through the No. 1 dashing protection within the NFL.
An efficient floor recreation additionally would assist neutralize the 49ers’ move rush.
“The more that we can keep them in a run mode and make them hit blocks and not be able to just tee off on the pass rush, the better,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi stated. “I think it’s an important part of the game.”
An vital and — greater than doubtless — tough half for the Chargers. They rushed for 238 yards in Week 5 at Cleveland. Otherwise, they’ve averaged solely 68 yards on the bottom. Running again Austin Ekeler is tied for the NFL lead with 10 touchdowns, with 4 approaching move receptions. Ekeler is averaging 4.4 yards per rush, however the Chargers’ common is barely 3.7.
Quarterback Justin Herbert seemed as wholesome final weekend in Atlanta as he has since struggling fractured rib cartilage in Week 2. The Chargers nearly actually will want a serious efficiency from Herbert to have an opportunity.
“I think just his confidence and knowing what he has,” Lombardi stated when requested about Herbert feeling higher. “He’s not limited by the injury. Obviously, that helps a lot with the quarterback’s confidence.”