FBG says: Neutral matchup. The combination of Spencer Ware and Damien Williams split snaps for the second straight week with Ware winning out on the ground again in terms of yardage, but Williams sneaking in for the goal line touchdown in place of Ware. Ware ran well despite the very stout matchup with Baltimore, averaging five yards per rush attempt despite a long run of just 13 yards. He was consistently gaining positive yards on every carry compared to Williams who found very little room to run with just two of his eight rushes going for more than three yards. Ware was forced from the game briefly with a shoulder injury but later returned. He landed on the injury report this week with both shoulder and hamstring injuries and remains day to day having yet to practice as of Tuesday afternoon. His status should be monitored closely as Ware's absence would result in a significant bump to the outlook for Damien Williams--especially considering how well this Chiefs offensive line played now that they are back to full strength with center Mitch Morse back in action.
The Chargers run defense showed some vulnerability last week as they allowed Joe Mixon to rush for 111 yards and a touchdown--the most yards a running back has amassed against this unit so far. Limiting touchdowns had been a strong suit of this defense, but they have now given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs in the last four weeks after allowing just three through their first nine games. Injuries certainly play a part in the recent dip in efficiency for the Chargers run defense, as the losses of linebacker Denzel Perryman and interior lineman Corey Liuget were significant. There has yet to be a key playmaker emerge to replace either of those two impact players. While this defense may remain solid enough to stave off mediocre offenses, the stout Chiefs offensive line and high-powered playmakers may expose this Chargers run defense in a bad way this week.