The Chargers have a third-down problem on defense that needs to be resolved quickly.
As the Cincinnati Bengals prepare to face the Los Angeles Chargers, starting center Trey Hopkins missed a second straight practice on Thursday. Hopkins, who’s been limited or missing practice throughout the season as he works his way back from ACL surgery, now has an ankle injury that’s threatening to keep him out for Sunday’s big clash at Paul Brown Stadium. If he can’t go, rookie Trey Hill figures to start at center.
Allen has had flashbacks this season of other tough-to-swallow losses from his nine years with the team, but he’s behind what Chargers coach Brandon Staley has built in his first season. The Chargers’ 4-1 start is why they find themselves in a December playoff race for the first time since 2018. Even amid the rough 2-4 stretch, Allen has noticed the high potential of this year’s team during impressive offensive performances in wins against the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.