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Chargers: What went right, wrong in loss to Lions

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers can't hold onto a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers can't hold onto a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions intercepts a fourth quarter pass in front of Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions intercepts a fourth quarter pass in front of Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Chargers: What went wrong on offense

Turnovers

The pass protection was actually better. The run-blocking looked good overall, at least on first watch. Allen dominated, the rushing attack went for 5.21 yards per carry, and the offense didn’t lose any contributors mid-game.

But here’s why the team lost: Turnovers.

There’s no reason Austin Ekeler should be trying to dive over the line on first down from the one yard line. Yes, it worked before…on third down. It’s not necessary to put the ball in harm’s way if you can take two more cracks at the end zone. The line was blocking well in this game, as they did the week prior. No. 30 repeated a preseason mistake, and it cost the team a win.

As if that decision wasn’t bad enough, Philip Rivers made his worst decision of the year by chucking the ball with a minute to go on third down. Clearly, the Chargers couldn’t trust their kicker, whose lack of NFL experience finally caught up to him after a stellar opening week.

One of the keys to victory this week was to simply be the better quarterback. Take what is given, be aggressive when necessary, but don’t turn the football over. Though Stafford is typically good at protecting the ball, he had two interceptions in this game. No. 17 needed to either hit an open receiver or give Long another shot to tie the game. Instead, the worst scenario happened.

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