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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, 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) /

Chargers: Final Thoughts

The most important thing about the Chargers Week 1 game is that they came out with a win, continuing to change the stigma that they can’t win close games. Although, the Bolts were very fortunate that  Vinatieri left seven points on the field.

The Chargers should have sealed the game in the fourth quarter, but a costly interception changed that and gave the Colts a chance. If the Chargers can close out games earlier and keep their foot on the gas, it will make things a whole lot easier for them, and their fans.

The offensive line performed as most expected it would, although they weren’t a complete disaster. Any improvement on the line is huge for the Chargers and their season, especially if they can hold on until Okung is able to return.

The defense was suspect all day, especially in the run game. The playmakers are there, but they just looked soft as a group on Sunday. The running defense will have to improve, or teams will continue to take advantage of being able to run all over the Chargers.

The holdout of Gordon seemed to be no issue to the Chargers and led to a huge day for Ekeler. Great run blocking mixed with some perfect schemes by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt led to an offense that showed its ability to gash defenses both through the air and on the ground.

It seemed like a Chargers player was helped off the field by a trainer on every play, but luckily there weren’t any real serious injuries. Williams and Ingram both were banged up but seemed to be okay. The only real injury concern comes at the cornerback position. You can read the full injury report here.

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The Chargers will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions on September 15th at 10 a.m. PT. If the defense shows up and the offense plays more consistently, the Chargers could have a chance to blow this game open and come out with a comfortable win.

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