Three Chargers keys to victory against Colts in season opener

By Tyler Schoon
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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SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 14: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers scores a touchdown against Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium October 14, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 14: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers scores a touchdown against Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium October 14, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Chargers key to victory No. 1: Score early and often

The Chargers have scored just six points in the first quarter of season openers under Anthony Lynn, and 19 total points in the entire first half of those two openers. Unsurprisingly, they lost those games.

This same team, then, had 30 total points in the fourth quarter of their last two openers, surging on offense finally but never mustering enough to win. For a coach that preaches doing things quarter by quarter, his offense stinks in two of them.

Does it surprise you, then, that the Chargers scored zero points in their last meeting with the Colts (2016), a game they also went on to lose?

The Chargers are one of the worst season-opener teams in the NFL, and have only won one Week One game since 2013. If they want to win this game, they’ll have to put up points early.

And no, they’re not facing a juggernaut of an offense where points are a must. But the best help the offense can give the defense in this game, aside from ball control, is scoring so often that Brissett must throw more than preferred in his season debut.

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Don’t underestimate the quarterback, put pressure on him early, and score early; that’s what the Chargers need to do to win this one. Each of the three key points revolves around one thing: Taking advantage of the new starting quarterback. If the offense can force him to throw, and the defense can disguise itself well enough to force turnovers, the game will be an easy win. The Chargers have the talent to do it, the chemistry to sustain success, and are catching an opponent at a more vulnerable state than the one they were in just a week ago.

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