4. Austin Ekeler Goes Off
With the style of offense the Chargers play with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, having a versatile running back is important. Austin Ekeler displayed precisely why in Week 1 against the Bengals.
A critical element in the Chargers’ win was the fact that Ekeler recorded 19 carries resulting in 84 rushing yards. There was some intriguing contributions from Joshua Kelley in the backfield as well as he produced 12 carries, 60 yards, and 1 rushing score.
It will be interesting to see if the Chargers involve Ekeler more as a receiver out of the backfield against the Chiefs. In Week 1, Taylor targeted Ekeler just once and the bulk of the running back’s production came in the ground-game as a result.
Against the Chiefs, the Chargers may have to lean on the passing game more and that could present a real opportunity for Ekeler out of the backfield. Having more involvement in the passing game would present Ekeler with a chance to reach 125 all-purpose yards with a touchdown or two.