Chargers’ reasons for optimism vs. Eagles in Week 9

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Despite the two tough consecutive losses to the Ravens and Patriots, there are a few reasons to remain optimistic as the Chargers look to get back on track against the Eagles this Sunday.

Let’s dive in.

Porous passing game

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Through the last four games, quarterback Jalen Hurts has struggled to throw the football. Hurts has completed 54.9% of his passes with only three touchdowns and two interceptions in those contests. If you couple that with one of the better passing defenses, it is not only a recipe for some success but some takeaways through the air. If the Chargers can slow down the Eagles’ run game even to the slightest, as they did against the Patriots last weekend, it will keep Philadelphia off the scoreboard and allow more time for QB Justin Herbert to be on the field.

Austin Ekeler can take over

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Remember when Ekeler played a significant role in the Chargers’ victory over the Browns when he totaled four touchdowns a few weeks back? This has the making of a similar outing. The Eagles have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing running backs and 123.5 rushing yards per game (No. 24 in the NFL). Ekeler has 84 carries for 420 yards and 33 catches for 302 yards, with a total of eight scores. The dynamic back could be in for a big game.

Struggles against good quarterbacks

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Justin Herbert has experienced a slump the past two games, but he by no means is experiencing a sophomore slump. After facing two great defensive minds in back-to-back weeks, Herbert is now in a position to bounce back, set to go up against an Eagles defense that has not caught a break against good quarterbacks this season. Of course, the early downs and the right side of the offensive line have to be better, and the drops need to be minimized. But this just seems like a “get right” game for Herbert.

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