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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, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass under pressure from Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a gameat Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass under pressure from Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a gameat Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chargers: What went wrong

Brandon Facyson

Michael Davis went missing incredibly early in the game, apparently dealing with a leg injury. Since Trevor Williams was held out with his own issues, Facyson was the next man up.

It wasn’t pretty. To be fair, it took two injuries (one preseason and one this game) for Facyson to get in the game at all, so it’s not like he was expected to be the next elite shut down corner.

Run defense

25 carries, 174 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion for Marlon Mack.

If the Colts made any other kicks, they win. If they got the ball in overtime, they would have won. Mack and his offensive line absolutely dominated the Chargers, and Brissett wasn’t asked to throw much as his running back cruised for seven yards per carry.

That was embarrassing, but not entirely unexpected. Though the Chargers made a few additions this offseason to boost the run defense, only Thomas Davis was given any opportunity to make an impact. Did Tranquill, Tillery, or Adderley get any significant playing time?

Injuries

Some combination of Henry, Williams, Davis, Square, Ingram, Phillips, and King went down at some point in this one; fortunately, it didn’t look like any of them were severely hurt. It appears only Williams’ injury kept him out of returning to the game.

The Chargers may need to call upon some of their rookies or practice squad players earlier than expected; fortunately, that may not be the worst thing.

Trent Scott

Though Sam Tevi had the missed block to start the game, it was Trent Scott who finished with the worst performance.

Next. Chargers: Best move from initial depth chart

No. 78 let a number of Colts defenders hit Rivers, including back-to-back sacks. It was rough to watch, and unfortunately fans will have to continue to watch him play for many more weeks. Is Trey Pipkins ready to go? Because four sacks allowed on that offensive line can’t be any better than what the rookie provides.

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