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Chargers: Five keys to victory over Lions in second game

By Tyler Schoon
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: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts dives into the end zone for a touchdown 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: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts dives into the end zone for a touchdown 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) /

Chargers key to victory No. 1: Facyson needs to bring it

Look, if any coach on this team can get the most out of its players at a certain position, it’s Ron Milus. The Chargers have acquired and developed defensive back talent like no other, most recently sending Derwin James to the Pro-Bowl.

But if the Chargers are going to win in Detroit, Milus is going to have to get Facyson ready to go quickly.

Expecting perfection from Facyson is setting him up to fail; a month ago, he was just the emergency option who served as depth. But with Trevor Williams headed to injured reserve, and Michael Davis nursing an injury, No. 28 is going to be the starter on Sunday.

The Lions have a plethora of receiving talent to work with, and the trio of starting receivers and their starting rookie tight end notched 21 receptions for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Facyson will likely be matched with either Kenny Golladay or Marvin Jones, with veteran Casey Hayward matching up with the other.

As previously mentioned, the Chargers should not be shy to switch Facyson out for another player or find a way to help him on defense if necessary. But, all signs point to him being the guy on the outside, and he needs to hold his own in what could be an unexpected shootout.

Lessons from Chargers win over Colts. Next

The Chargers will win this game if their defense can rebound, and it’s very likely the unit will be able to do so. However, this should be another close game, and the Lions are about as unpredictable as an opponent can be. Last year, they beat the Patriots, the Packers, and the Panthers; this past week, they tied with the Cardinals. The Chargers need to be ready for an offensive slug fest, but if Rivers can protect the ball and lead a very efficient rushing attack, they can finish the game with a win.

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