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Chargers outlast Colts: The good, the bad and the ugh

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CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers is congratulated by Justin Jones #93 and Melvin Ingram #54 after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime against Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers is congratulated by Justin Jones #93 and Melvin Ingram #54 after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime against Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tended to during  a game against the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tended to during  a game against the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The bad

Run defense: The first impression from watching the game may be that the defensive line was porous, leaky, bullied, and on their heels. The numbers, unfortunately, back up that impression: Two sacks and six tackles for loss are not a gamechanger. Chargers were hit by a truck, a Marlon Mack truck, and gave up over 200 yards rushing.

Pass defense: While the Chargers gave up only 190 yards passing, it was because the Colts were committed to the run. Also, the Colts’ new No.1 quarterback Jacoby Brissett performed a pass completion rating of 77 percent. Nasir Adderley should improve rapidly, and injured players will return to the secondary, but the Chargers need to rack up wins now. Promising rookie lineman Jerry Tillery was invisible.

Pass protection: Dear Russell Okung: get well soon. Tackle Sam Tevi drew a crucial penalty in the fourth quarter, but that was not the biggest problem going forward. Tevi and Dan Feeney still seem easily confused about their assignments. The Chargers were lucky to give up only four sacks and a recovered fumble. Philip Rivers was hurried too much.

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