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Five trends and patterns from Chargers snap counts vs Colts

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers dances with Justin Jackson #22 at the end of the game 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 dances with Justin Jackson #22 at the end of the game 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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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown against free safety Malik Hooker #29 of the Indianapolis Colts in overtime 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 celebrates his touchdown against free safety Malik Hooker #29 of the Indianapolis Colts in overtime at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Chargers closed out a tight game with the Colts with a win in overtime. Here’s what can be learned from final snap count totals.

The Chargers revealed their plans on offense, defense, and special teams on Sunday, and much of who played where and how often they played that position or role could potentially hold for the rest of the season.

Other than statistics, snap counts are the best numbers-based sets of data for fans to figure out what kind of team the Chargers plan on featuring. Does the snap count percentage indicate a possible trend moving forward? Which rookies are closer to making an impact? Who is going to be the lead running back? Many of these kinds of questions can be answered simply be reviewing snap counts.

So what do the snap counts say about the 2019 Chargers thus far?

Here, this article will use the following set of snap counts:

#Chargers snap counts from yesterday's win over the Colts. Denzel Perryman only played one snap, and it came on special teams. pic.twitter.com/zxoBwgGpvL

— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 9, 2019

Using these snap counts, one can draw a number of conclusions regarding the Chargers and their plans in all three phases. In this breakdown, five takeaways will be drawn from the data above. It’s only one game, so it’s possible all five patterns are changed in the coming weeks. But for now, here’s what the Chargers’ snap counts against the Colts reveal.

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