James White breaks down strengths of Chargers on D&K

Evan Marinofsky
January 07, 2019 - 3:13 pm

On Sunday afternoon, the verdict was in as to who the New England Patriots would draw in the divisional round: the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers finished the regular season 12-4 but just fell short of the division title, forcing them to have to play on wild card weekend, where they secured a 23-17 victory over the Ravens in Baltimore.

Patriots running back James White joined Dale & Keefe on Monday to talk about what makes the Chargers click.

"They're a good football team, good defensive-line, very explosive, and they have a good defense to hold," White said. "They cause a lot of turnovers, we have to be at our best. We have to come ready to play. They've won a playoff game already so they have some energy and momentum and they'll come in here ready to go on Sunday."

The turnovers forced by the Chargers came up big this past Sunday when LA's Uchenna Nwosu slapped the ball out of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's hands, thwarting the late comeback by the young QB.

When White was posed with the question about blocking being at a premium this weekend, he was direct.

"That's always important," said White. "We have a good offensive line, they have a good defensive line. It'll be a great matchup. For us as running backs, we got to duo our part as well, giving Tom [Brady] enough time to read out the coverage and find an open guy. It'll be an extremely big challenge to have [Joey] Bosa, [Melvin] Ingram; they got some rooking in there making plays too."

In the Chargers' defensive game plan against the Ravens, the use of linebackers was almost non-existent.

"They have guys in the secondary and the linebacker position that didn't get much time on Sunday," said White of the Chargers on defense. "But they have guys there and guys who can make plays and guys who can turn the ball over. [Casey] Hayward's a really good corner, Derwin James is having a really good year. Desmond King's been playing well too."