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Lessons from Chargers Week 1 win against Colts

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. The Chargers defeated the Colts 30-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. The Chargers defeated the Colts 30-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chargers Offense: Continued

Quarterbacks/Wide receivers/Tight ends:

Rivers started in his 209th consecutive game on Sunday, which is the third-longest streak among quarterbacks. Rivers looked sharp as ever in the season opener, completing 25 of his 34 attempts for 333 yards and three touchdowns.

Philip did throw a costly interception trying to thread the needle to Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter, but it was also an outstanding one-handed interception by Colts safety Malik Hooker.

Rivers made up for it with a few great throws to Allen and Hunter Henry on the game-winning overtime drive. Expect another great season from the captain.

The wide receivers were led by Allen, who put on a show with his great hands and elite route running. Allen is an under-appreciated star league-wide but is a huge part of the Chargers offense and it was great to see him get off to such a hot start to his 2019 season.

Keenan finished with eight receptions for 124 yards and one awesome touchdown catch. The rest of the receiving corps was relatively quiet, with Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin combining for four receptions and 41 yards. The Chargers passing offense has the potential to be very deadly with the inclusion of the running backs coming out of the backfield and the ability of both Williams and Allen to have huge days any given Sunday.

you love to see it. @Keenan13Allen | #INDvsLAC pic.twitter.com/s4KAr0pH9E

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 8, 2019

A great sign for the Chargers was the play of Henry, especially after his season was cut short with an ACL tear in OTA’s last year. His stats weren’t anything crazy, totaling four receptions for 60 yards, but Henry’s ability to find the soft spot in a defense mixed with his great hands and blocking abilities makes him a crucial part of the Chargers offense.

UPDATE: Henry is expected to miss at least the next month with an injury.

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