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Three Chargers keys to victory against Colts in season opener

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts on October 14, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts on October 14, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Dak Prescott
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Chargers key to victory No. 2: Be creative on defense

The Chargers’ defense has looked vanilla, bland, and a bit uninspired through most of their preseason games. Well, good news for fans: Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are back.

Not only are they back, but there’s a number of talented individuals returning with them. Justin Jones has vastly improved through one offseason, and is projected to be the team’s starting defensive tackle. Thomas Davis, a former Pro-Bowl linebacker with years of experience and a string of good health, is set to lead a healthy linebacker corps.

With all the talent they have on defense, Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will have a number of options to confuse Brissett as he becomes the leader of the Colts in his first start since December of 2017.

Unfortunately, Bradley’s defenses with the Chargers (2017 and 2018) have been slow to warm up. Through the first four games of each of the last two seasons, the Chargers have given up an average of 26.6 points per game. Having Kyle Emanuel cover Tyreek Hill is not exactly the kind of “creative” defense fans would like to see.

The Chargers have more Pro-Bowl and All-Pro talent on their defense than some teams have on their entire roster. What’s more, the defense has a number of smart veterans who can disguise a blitz or fake a coverage. Brissett cannot be allowed to be comfortable in this game, and with the right use of his players, Bradley can orchestrate a symphony of chaos for the quarterback in his 2019 opener.

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