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The Chargers might have the best backfield in the entire NFL. They already have Melvin Gordon as their starting running back, but behind him are two solid backs in Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. With Gordon questionable for the Chargers game against the Bengals on Sunday, there might be a huge chance for one of the young backs against a terrible Cincinnati defense.


But who's the better play?


First, let's look at their stats so far this year:


Ekeler: 83 rushes, 430 yards, 1 touchdown, 47 targets, 37 receptions, 376 yards, 3 touchdowns

Jackson: 20 rushes, 127 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 targets, 3 receptions, 38 yards

As Ekeler has been the primary backup this season, he has the clear advantage in raw stats. But given the situation the Chargers are currently in, that doesn't matter as much as it usually does. Here are their stats from the past two games.


Ekeler: 18 rushes, 56 yards, 1 touchdown, 19 targets, 15 receptions, 90 yards

Jackson: 15 rushes, 120 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 target, 1 reception, 18 yards

So Ekeler gets a boost from his contributions in the passing game, but Jackson is better than him running the ball. His contributions on Sunday night in front of a national audience will not go unnoticed and he'll get a large share of the carries if Gordon can't go this week. Jackson just has more upside as Ekeler's best quality is being a check down for Philip Rivers. He has some value in big PPR leagues though. 


Either way, it looks like the Chargers are set at running back even if Gordon is out for another game or two. 


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