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Revisiting the Los Angeles Chargers Offense

Injures have continued to keep the Los Angeles Chargers offense from the ceiling that so many NFL observers think they can reach

Ever since Justin Herbert became the Los Angeles Chargers starting quarterback, it seems the NFL world at large has been anticipating the Chargers offense to go to the moon. 

It looked like it was starting to happen last year when the Chargers finished top-five in the league in both points and total yards per game. 

This season, they've seen mostly regression, ranking a more middling 13th in scoring. 

The biggest reason for that, as it seemingly always is for the Chargers, is injures, including to their top two wide receivers. 

They would be veterans Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, who  shared the field for the first time since Week 1 in the Bolts' Week 11 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Backup receivers DeAndre Carter and Joshua Palmer have proven to be capable of picking up some slack, but this is also an offense that has struggled in having balance. 

Dual-threat running back Austin Ekeler hasn't missed a game this season, but the Chargers running game is 28th in the NFL in yards and dead last in yards per carry. 

Losing left tackle Rashawn Slater in Week 3 certainly hasn't helped, and the Las Vegas Raiders run defense held Ekeler to 2.6 yards per carry in their Week 1 meeting. 

Granted, if Allen and Williams are able to play Sunday, it might not matter how much they can run if the Raiders secondary can't make plays. 

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