By Stephen Nover

Chargers minus 5 1/2 at Texans

Some of the stars are missing, but the Chargers still hold a massive talent edge on the Texans. It’s a circle-the-wagons game for the Chargers, too, after their 38-10 home loss to Jacksonville last Sunday.

No Joey Bosa, Keenan Allen and Rashawn Slater. But Justin Herbert showed his guts throwing for nearly 300 yards last week despite a painful rib injury. The gutty Herbert can be counted on – and that’s what matters here. He’s thrown for at least 300 passing yards during his last six road contests. It’s a plus if Pro Bowl center Corey Linsley can return.

Joshua Palmer is one of the better No.3 wideouts in the league. So the loss of Allen isn’t that severe. Khalil Mack is back to being a pass rushing terror so the Chargers still can bother Davis Mills without Bosa.

The bar is not set high at all here for the Chargers. The Texans are spunky, but devoid of talent. They are winless and probably the worst team in the NFL. Houston has gained the fourth-fewest yards while allowing the third-most yards. They have the worst run defense in the league by a wide margin surrendering 202.3 yards on the ground.

So this game set up well for Austin Ekeler, who is overdue to have a big rushing game to go with his strengths as a pass-catching running back.

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