Five keys to the game for when the Chargers take on the Texans this weekend.
Justin Herbert is a star. As Herbert goes, so go the Los Angeles Chargers. He doesn't have to try and match a Patrick Mahomes 400 yard explosion this week. Instead, he can sit back and let the offense happen naturally. Big day.
With Austin Ekeler on the COVID-19 list, it's next-man-up time. Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, and rookie Larry Rountree III will have to somehow reproduce the insane production Ekeler has been pounding out.
With Joey Bosa on the COVID-19 list, the Boltz will have to find ways to generate pressure. Edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu needs to find a new gear. The Chargers will focus on stopping the run and letting Herbert keep them even.
Keenan Allen is vastly under-appreciated unless you are a Chargers fan or a defensive coordinator on game day. Allen is a TD waiting to happen on every play. You don't stop him, you contain him. Versus the Texans he should explode.
5 starters and a bag full of rotation guys are most likely unavailable this weekend. Jalen Guyton, Andre Roberts, Corey Linsley, Austin Ekeler, Chase Daniel, Joey Bosa, Joe Gaziano, Chris Rumph II, Tevaugh Campbell, Trey Marshall, Kemon Hall. OUCH!
Mike Williams is one of if not the actual best RedZone target in the NFL. The Herbert and Williams connection is real. His targets are down a bit over the last few games. That should change in Houston.