Chargers vs. 49ers matchups, the best way to watch and prediction

The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler, pictured carrying the ball in Sunday’s win at Atlanta, will face the NFL’s high run protection towards the 49ers.

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One technique to counter San Francisco’s a number of offensive threats is management the time of possession. That might 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’ go 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 mentioned. “I think it’s an important part of the game.”

An vital and — greater than seemingly — tough half for the Chargers. They rushed for 238 yards in Week 5 at Cleveland. In any other case, they’ve averaged solely 68 yards on the bottom. Operating again Austin Ekeler is tied for the NFL lead with 10 touchdowns, with 4 approaching go receptions. Ekeler is averaging 4.4 yards per rush, however the Chargers’ common is just 3.7.

Quarterback Justin Herbert regarded as wholesome final weekend in Atlanta as he has since struggling fractured rib cartilage in Week 2. The Chargers virtually actually will want a serious efficiency from Herbert to have an opportunity.

“I think just his confidence and knowing what he has,” Lombardi mentioned when requested about Herbert feeling higher. “He’s not limited by the injury. Obviously, that helps a lot with the quarterback’s confidence.”