Takeaways From The Los Angeles Chargers Win Over The Cleveland Browns

Takeaways From The Los Angeles Chargers Win Over The Cleveland Browns

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Takeaways From The Los Angeles Chargers Win Over The Cleveland Browns

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After a 34-24 win on the road against the Houston Texans, the Los Angeles Chargers wrapped up two games away from SoFi and beat the Cleveland Browns 30-28. Both teams matched up remarkably well, and statistically, were practically even when all was said and done. For the Chargers, they had 465 total yards while the Browns had 443. Time of possession was 29:58 for LA and 30:02 for Cleveland. As for first down, the Browns had 27 versus the Chargers who had 26. 

Cleveland ran wild on the Bolts defense.

It’s fair to look at the Chargers in the win against Cleveland and not be entirely sold on the bill of goods. Defensively, what looked good in free agency and the draft hasn’t yet gelled. The interior part of the defensive line allowed the Browns rushing attack to get to the second level, where Nick Chubb excelled. The Cleveland running backs went off, gaining 134 yards with two touchdowns on 17 carries. The same can be said for Kareem Hunt,  who ran for 47 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. 

Justin Herbert needs to deliver.

Herbert needs to be more than just your average quarterback. Today, he was good, just not great. In the AFC West “good” won’t get it done. Against the Browns, he was just good enough to shepherd a win. For the day, the Chargers quarterback had 22 passing yards on 34 attempts for 228 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Mike Williams, who has become Herbert’s go-to target, would complete his day with 10 catches on 13 targets for 134 yards.

Los Angeles ran the ball well in the win.

The Cleveland Browns own the third worst run defense in the league, and the Chargers deserve credit for exposing it. Running back Austin Ekeler had a monster game on the ground, rushing for 173 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Ekeler also caught the football, helping the Bolts offense with 26 yards receiving and a touchdown on four receptions. Joshua Kelley had a good day working in tandem with Ekeler. Kelley would have 10 carries, racking up 49 yards and a touchdown in the win. He also showed he can be a factor as a receiver with two catches for 33 yards.

The 3-2 Chargers return home next week for two games at SoFi beginning with the 2-3 Denver Broncos followed by the 2-3 Seattle Seahawks. That will close the books on Los Angeles in October, as they will have a bye week in week eight before a tough four-games to kickoff November.

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