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Don’t let Herbert get rolling

Justin Herbert ranks fourth in the league with 295.6 passing yards per game, third with 27 passing touchdowns, first with a QBR of 67.30, and first with five profitable drives. And he’s only in his second NFL season.

Herbert is the main reason Los Angeles has been so successful on the offensive this season. The unit ranks ninth in points scored and seventh in yards won, and the numbers get even more impressive when you look at their situational football. The Chargers convert on the third down at a rate of 44.4 percent (fifth in the NFL) and 61.9 percent on the fourth down (sixth). In the red area, Herbert leads the Chargers to touchdowns with a rate of 64.0 percent (eighth). In defeating the Bengals last week, the young QB completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 317 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

“This is a very explosive team,” said Judge of the Chargers. “It’s a team with some explosive weapons on the offensive. They have a very, very talented young quarterback who can make a lot of plays and make plays longer. Very precise passer. He really heats up the entire offense.”

“He’s a great quarterback, a great, young, strong quarterback,” added Leonard Williams. “We have to try to make them uncomfortable.”

The Giants struggled to cap Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in week 13. Tagovailoa completed 73.2 percent of his passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Giants. It was the first game of the season in which the Big Blue defense couldn’t force sales.

Disgust included in both running and passing games

Austin Disgust is the ultimate offensive weapon in the Chargers’ attack. In Week 14, Ekeler had 663 yards and eight touchdowns from 149 carries (4.4 average). He is the clear lead in the Los Angeles offense as his 149 rushs are over 100 carries more than any other running back on the team (Larry Roundtree is second with 36 attempts).

In addition to his stormy ability, Ekeler has proven to be quite a receiver in the passing game. The 26-year-old back has had 56 receptions this season, just two fewer than Tampa Bay’s Leonard Fournette for most running backs, while his 518 yards with Atlanta’s Cordarrelle Patterson is the most match among RBs. Meanwhile, Ekelers lead seven touchdowns all running backs and his total of 15 touchdowns rank second in the NFL behind Jonathan Taylor (18) of Indianapolis.

“We’re talking about how (Chargers Offensive Coordinator Joe) Lombardi really structures the offensive. There are similarities with his New Orleans background that he has when he uses a lot of players,” said Richter. “You’re talking about (Chargers running back Austin) disgust – there are similarities to either the (Darren) Sproles, (Saints running back Mark) Ingram, or (Saints running back Alvin) Kamara type comparison, but he really does a good job of that Getting the guy in space, getting him to linebackers, catch-and-run opportunities. He’s one of the most reliable players in the league right now when it comes to consistently producing yards and moving sticks. “

After the Giants surrendered over 200 yards on the ground to the Eagles in Week 12, the Giants’ defense got back on track during last week’s loss to Miami in the running game. The Dolphins only gained 68 yards on 25 tries, an average of 2.7 yards per carry.