This new start of the season has been up and down for the Los Angeles Chargers. One week they look good and others, they look like a shell of what they are supposed to be. After a strong offseason full of moves, they have one of the better rosters around the NFL. They are led by a young, star quarterback in Justin Herbert but still seem to struggle at times. They sit at 3-2 currently and have a date with the also 3-2 Denver Broncos this week on Monday Night Football. The winner of this game will leap over the other in the division standings so needless to say, this is a big matchup. Here are the three keys to the game for the Chargers to beat the Broncos.
Get Austin Ekeler the ball
It’s pretty simple, when Ekeler gets touches, the Chargers are a better football team. He is a dynamic offensive player and really forces opposing defenses to try and stop him. However, this usually isn’t the case, and he gets yards at will. Over the last few weeks, he has seen the ball more and it has resulted in wins for Los Angeles. Against a tough Denver defense, Ekeler will need to start early to make sure that they don’t settle in on him. He is one of the big playmakers for the Chargers, so a lot is going to rest on his shoulders in this game.
Don’t allow Russell Wilson to find a rhythm
It’s no secret that Wilson and the Broncos offense has really struggled so far this season. What the Chargers don’t want is for this Denver offense to get going against them. The Broncos have looked offensively challenged in four of their five games so far this season so the Chargers can’t let Wilson figure things out. While he isn’t the Russell Wilson of old, he can still beat you on a given day. The defense is going to need to show out against this struggling offense. Keeping them down and coming out with a victory are on the schedule for Los Angeles.
Don’t overthink things (I’m talking to you Brandon Staley)
Once again, head coach Brandon Staley is taking criticism for some boneheaded decision. This time it didn’t fully backfire on him as the Chargers escaped Ohio with a win over the Browns last weekend. However, he needs to stop trying to lose games. This team is way too talented for decisions like this and he needs to trust his players. Sometimes he does too much and if that continues, he may find himself out of a job soon.