The Los Angeles Chargers face their first road test of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
The Chargers are coming off a huge overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, a fellow 2018 playoff team, last week. Meanwhile, the Lions were quite lackluster in settling for a tie with the Arizona Cardinals.
What looked like a potentially easy win for the Chargers (if there is such a thing in the NFL) suddenly looks like a much more competitive game due to injuries for Los Angeles. The Lions will be hungry for a win in front of their home crowd and though the Chargers are a much more talented team overall, injuries have evened the playing field.
The Chargers were already going to be without Russell Okung and the holdout of Melvin Gordon is still ongoing. Now, the team has lost Trevor Williams and Hunter Henry and wide receiver Mike Williams may miss the game as well.
Michael Davis, the player filling in at cornerback for Williams, almost certainly won’t be on the field either.
Because of this, the Chargers will need to get an increase in performance from some players that the team doesn’t typically count on as much if they want to get off to a 2-0 start. It will be all hands on deck as always, but keep a close eye on these four players.