The Chargers have leaned on Melvin Gordon out of necessity, but the second-year back has responded with 515 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs. - From ESPN (blog)
ATLANTA -- The San Diego Chargers designed their running game to be a three-headed monster entering this season, with the hot hand taking the lion’s share of the carries.
But as the 2-4 Chargers head into an important matchup against the 4-2 Atlanta Falcons, Melvin Gordon is the only healthy running back left to carry the load.
With seven total touchdowns, Gordon’s tied for second with LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills and just behind David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, who leads the league with eight.
If San Diego defensive coordinator John Pagano can muddy the picture for Ryan presnap, he has a chance to create a pass rush and get home with four rushers, giving the Chargers more opportunities to get off the field on third down.
The Chargers need to play with a similar belief and confidence at the end of the game against the Falcons to come away with a win.