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Chargers: Five keys to victory over Lions in second game

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Devin Funchess #17 of the Indianapolis Colts can't come down with the catch while pursued by Brandon Facyson #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth 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: Devin Funchess #17 of the Indianapolis Colts can't come down with the catch while pursued by Brandon Facyson #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth 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)

The Chargers need to make a few adjustments in order to leave Detroit with a more complete win than the close one last week.

The Chargers were able to escape with a victory over a playoff-caliber Colts team, thanks in large part to near-perfect special teams and a dominant rushing attack.

Prior to the game, another article like this one gave three keys to a Chargers victory. They were:

  1. Score early and often.
  2. Be creative on defense.
  3. Don’t underestimate Jacoby Brissett.

It may not have been often, but the Chargers scored early: Three scoring drives in the first half, with only one punt. A 17-6 lead was exactly where the Chargers wanted the Colts.

On defense, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were occasionally lined up on the same side, which did lead to a few pressures and one sack.

Brissett was not asked to do much in this game, and although he was held to 190 passing yards, this game was about the Colts’ running attack.

So what do the Chargers have to do this week to secure a win on the road and start 2-0 for the first time under Anthony Lynn? Here are five keys to a Week Two victory against the Detroit Lions.

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