Chargers inconsistent run defense faces challenge vs. Browns

 The Los Angeles Chargers overhauled their defense during the offseason after being one of the worst units last year against the run.

The Chargers are giving up 109.8 yards per game on the ground, tied for 14th in the league. But they have also been giving up big gains at inopportune times.

Los Angeles faces its biggest run-stopping challenge on Sunday at Cleveland, as Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt lead a ground game that is second in the league, averaging 187.3 yards.

Chubb and Hunt combined for 222 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s game. Hunt’s 8-yard score gave Cleveland a 42-35 lead with 4:45 remaining in the fourth quarter before the Chargers rallied for a 47-42 win.

Los Angeles’ flaw in its past three games is that it has allowed at least one run of more than 50 yards. Last week at Houston, it was a 75-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce in the second quarter.

All three big runs have had one thing in common — they have been because of breakdowns in the perimeter.

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