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RB Troymaine Pope - Los Angeles Chargers

5-10, 207Born: 11-29-1993College: Jacksonville StateDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Chargers hoped to have Melvin Gordon back in action this week to lead their rushing offense, but his status remains uncertain coming into the Thursday night game and looks increasingly unlikely. Gordon has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in Week 12, which has led to the combination of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson leading the backfield. Ekeler has been the lead running back playing over two-thirds of the snaps with 28 rushing attempts compared to just 15 from Jackson in the last two games. Jackson actually looked impressive in Week 13, but the rookie squandered his seven opportunities last week as Ekeler clearly looked to be the best running back on the field. Ekeler, however, suffered a concussion in last week's game and appears to be doubtful coming into Thursday. With Ekeler out and Gordon likely to be limited, if playing at all, look for Justin Jackson to have a significant role in the offense this week. The Chiefs continue to give up fantasy production to opposing running backs, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game in standard scoring formats. Running backs facing the Chiefs have rushed for at least 90 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs in five of their last six games. Their defensive line is dominated by pass-rushing specialists, and while nose tackle Derrick Nnadi's play has improved in recent weeks, this interior line cannot overcome the poor play behind them at linebacker and safety. The hope for this run defense lies in continued improvements by their interior linemen along with the expected return of safety Eric Berry this week. Berry could serve as that key playmaker this defense needs on the second level to prevent the chunk plays they so often have allowed, as shown by their 30th ranking with 5.1 rushing yards allowed per attempt this season. The Chargers have an offensive line that can stand toe to toe with this Chiefs front seven, and if Melvin Gordon is back to near 100 percent, Los Angeles should handily maintain the upper hand in this matchup even if Berry is on the field. A Justin Jackson led backfield yields to a less exciting matchup due to that drop in talent from Gordon.

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Chargers | Troymaine Pope promoted (Thu Dec 13, 10:22 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Troymaine Pope was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, Dec. 13.

Our View: This is a bad sign for Melvin Gordon's availability and his workload if he is active as it appears the Chargers are making plans to be without him in Week 15.
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Schedule

15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Denver Broncos