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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: Trent Scott #78 of the Los Angeles Chargers recovers a ball fumbled by quarterback Philip Rivers #17 in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts 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: Trent Scott #78 of the Los Angeles Chargers recovers a ball fumbled by quarterback Philip Rivers #17 in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts 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)

Chargers key to victory No. 4: Don’t be afraid to make changes if something isn’t working

Brandon Facyson was targeted the moment he stepped onto the field last week, and unfortunately, the young corner was picked on the entire rest of the game.

The run defense, as previously mentioned, got steamrolled by the rushing attack of the Colts, an offense that would have won the game had they won the coin toss.

Trent Scott, though much better run-blocking, gave up a number of pressures and sacks.

Chargers: If it’s not working, make changes.

This is a team that held onto Caleb Sturgis far too long. It’s the same team that put Jahleel Addae at free safety without attempting to make a change. Currently, they are not switching to Forrest Lamp at right guard.

How did the Colts come back last week? They changed up the offense. Mack received just eight carries in the first half, but was given 17 in the second half. To be fair, running the ball more behind a dominant offensive line against what was a weak run defense last year isn’t exactly a genius move, but the Colts at least were able to make changes on the fly to put themselves in the best position to win.

If Facyson can’t hold up again, consider moving Desmond King or even Nasir Adderley outside. If Scott and Tevi can’t handle a pass rush, consider Trey Pipkins, arguably the better tackle by the end of the preseason. If the run defense is being gashed by Kerryon Johnson, stick Tranquill, Adderley, or even Tillery in there more.

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