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    vikkiward
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    The Los Angeles Chargers face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon in a Week 8 battle.
    The Chargers (2-5) have dropped their last three matchups and are trying to avoid being the team that’s on the outside looking in.

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    The Bears, meanwhile, have dropped to 3-3 after a 3-1 start. Their offense has struggled to find a rhythm and the defense is coming off one of their worst performances last Sunday against the Saints.

    Chargers Wire feels like L.A. is going to squeak one out. Chicago’s offense is really struggling and the Chargers have been putting the pieces together on both sides of the ball, slowly but surely.

    We see Los Angeles defeating the Bears by the score of 24-20 and improving their record to 3-5.

    Los Angeles has battled key injuries to their defense all season. They are still performing well which is a reflection of their depth. L.A. had trouble defending the pass last week, although their pass defense ranks fifth in the NFL. The Chargers are scoring an average of 20 points on the season, ranking them 24th overall. They are conceding an average of 20.1 points, placing them 10th in the NFL. L.A. is 1-2 on the road.

    The Chicago defense is coming off their worst performance of the season after surrendering 424 total yards to the Saints. The Bears struggled against the run last week, although they still rank 11th in the NFL in rush yards allowed per game. Chicago is currently averaging 18.7 points, placing them down at 26th in the NFL. They are holding opponents to 17.5 points, positioning them fifth overall. The Bears stand at 1-2 at Soldier Field.

    The Chargers’ rushing offense is underachieving right now. They only managed 39 rushing yards on 19 attempts against the Titans last week, and 32 yards against the Steelers in the prior week. Chargers #1 RB Melvin Gordon sat out the first four games due to a contract dispute and he has looked rusty in his three games since his return. The 26-year old has only amassed a combined 81 rushing yards on an average of only 2.3 yards per attempt. Gordon is a talented RB and he should return to his previous form at some point this season after posting 885 rushing yards in 12 games in 2018.

    Austin Ekeler has seen a drop in his rush attempts since Gordon’s return. Ekeler has only attempted 13 rushes in his last three games, and he currently has a season total of 248 rushing yards. He remains a useful weapon through screen passes and as a wide receiver. Chargers #3 RB Justin Jackson can also be a threat. He has 142 rushing yards on an average of 7.9 yards per attempt. He is dealing with a calf injury and is questionable for this game.

    The Chargers offensive line is dealing with several injuries that have added to their running woes. Center Mike Pouncey is out for the season and now guard Forrest Lamp is also out for the rest of the year. The good news is offensive tackle Russell Okung will make his season debut.

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