5 reasons Cleveland Browns beat LA Chargers, becoming AFC North contenders

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LA’s weak line

The Chargers offensive line is pretty bad. Pro Football Focus ranks the unit as 25th in the NFL.

The Chargers doesn’t do anything particularly superb  in the trenches.

PFF handed the Chargers a 60.4 grade in pass blocking, which is second to last in the NFL. Only the abysmal Cardinals graded out worse.

What’s this mean for Cleveland in Week 6?

Myles Garrett should be able to feast on the Chargers line, putting pressure on quarterback Phillips Rivers. He’ll likely be going up against Russell Okung, who has a 66.3 grade this season. That is if Okung is healthy. He missed last week because of a groin injury and is expected to be ruled questionable against Cleveland.

If the Chargers have to go the backup route, look out. Garrett could really be a nuisance.

Free-agent signing Mike Pouncey is the line’s highest graded player. The center has a 77.3 grade. To Pouncey’s left, the Chargers have Dan Feeney at left guard, who carries a 38.6 grade into the game. Yikes. The Browns must exploit him.

Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi should also bounce back after having kind of a quiet outing against the Ravens. Ogunjobi is fifth in the NFL with 22 total pressures, according to PFF.

Additionally, don’t discount Emmanuel Ogbah, who’s pressure of Joe Flacco in the Red Zone forced an interception in the hands of Denzel Ward.

Ogbah figures to matchup against right tackle Sam Tevi, who has a 58.6 grade for the season.