RB Troymaine Pope - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-10, 207||Born: 11-29-1993||College: Jacksonville State||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chargers' rushing attack has been the weak link of the team's offense, especially since Melvin Gordon returned to the fold following an early-season holdout. Overall, the Chargers hover around 20th in the NFL in rushing volume, rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, and yards per carry this season. Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon typically split action in the backfield, with Gordon as the team's preferred option on the ground, with 3 20-carry games over the team's last 5 outings. Gordon averages just 4.0 yards per carry, which is right on par with his career total but an unimpressive total overall. Austin Ekeler, on the other hand, sees far less volume on the ground, but his presence prevents Gordon from reaching the bell-cow status he attained in years past. Overall, with the 24th-ranked offensive line, according to Matt Bitonti, the Chargers' rushing attack, despite featuring multiple capable running backs, is one of the league's weakest units. Minnesota's run defense ranks in the top third of the NFL across the board this season, defending the tenth-fewest rushing attempts in the league, allowing just five rushing touchdowns, the fewest in the NFL, and only 4.2 yards per carry on the season. The Vikings' strength against the run starts in the trenches, where Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen all grade as top-tier run-stoppers. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks leads the team with 65 total tackles this season, the 19th-most in the NFL. Kendricks is one of the league's premier run-stopping linebackers, and he gets support from the secondary as well. Anthony Harris has emerged as one of the best run-supporters at the safety position. While the teams' cornerbacks are the notable liability against the pass, they make up for it in run defense, where Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes are surprisingly strong on the outside. On the season, the Vikings have allowed only 3 100-yard rushers, and they rank 7th in the league in total fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Running the football efficiently against Minnesota's defense has proven to be one of the toughest tasks in the NFL this season, and the Los Angeles Chargers' inefficient run offense is unlikely to produce the fourth 100-yard rusher of the season against the Vikings, barring an unexpectedly explosive run.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Troymaine Pope's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
With Justin Jackson injured and inactive for this game and Melvin Gordon being held back for an "emergency situation" only, Pope was in line for a lot more work than usual. Pope was listed as the starting tailback, but he was clearly the second option behind Austin Ekeler in this game. He saw 12 touches in the game, but those touches didn't result in very much effectiveness. His first carry on the opening drive went for 8 yards, but that was by far his longest run of the game. His other nine rushing attempts totaled just 12 yards. He just didn't show that same burst or strength as Ekeler in this game (or Jackson in previous weeks). Pope was the beneficiary of being in the right place in the right time late in the first quarter, however. Rivers was buying time by rolling out to his left. And with the defense all jumping up to defend Rivers, it left Pope wide open a few yards away. Rivers flipped him the ball, Pope turned upfield, and outran the handful of defenders to go into the end zone untouched for the score.
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