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Chargers: What went right, what went wrong in home opener

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 is congratulated by Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 is congratulated by Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kicker Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts at shakes hands with outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the coin toss to kick off their season opener at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kicker Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts at shakes hands with outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the coin toss to kick off their season opener at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chargers: What went right

Ty Long

Of all the battles to watch in this one, Ty Long vs Adam Vinatieri wasn’t the one many thought they’d be interested in. But did anyone expect the former CFL kicker to out-duel the future Hall of Famer?

Long hit every kick, and looked incredibly accurate while doing it. No near-makes or tight squeezes for Long, and it was massive in a game that went to overtime.

One-two combinations

Austin Ekeler is the standout here, particularly with a screen for a touchdown over 50 yards:

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1170816631188013058

Not to be completely outdone, Justin Jackson chipped in on a number of key runs, and the duo combined for 215 total yards and three touchdowns this afternoon.

This is exactly the kind of performance the Chargers needed out of their two backs. Melvin Gordon apparently won’t return for at least six weeks, but if Ekeler and Jackson can combine for something similar, it’s hard to imagine the team begging their franchise back to return.

Let’s see if they can do it for an entire season.

Rookies on special teams

Nasir Adderley opened with a nice tackle on special teams, followed later on by Drue Tranquill blocking a punt. Both were nice to see, and it’s possible the concerns on defense permit them to appear more on defense in the coming weeks.

Bonus: Missed kicks. Seriously, what happened with Vinatieri? For once, the kicking mistakes don’t come from the Chargers.

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