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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, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Chargers: What went wrong on defense

Injuries

At some point in the game, Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, and Phillips were all seen hobbling off the field.

The bigger story is with Phillips, who may miss some time:

Adrian Phillips had an ace bandage on his right forearm in the locker room. #Chargers

— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 15, 2019

It’s time to call in Nasir Adderley, which arguably should have been done before the game was over.

Corner No. 2 still not solved

When Amendola goes for zero catches and zero yards, and the rookie phenom Hockensen has just seven, odds are Desmond King is responsible. Did anyone hear his name outside of his returns? Probably not, because Stafford was likely rarely looking his way (admittedly, I haven’t re-watched the game to confirm).

So it’s no surprise the team would opt to keep him in the slot in his usual role, one that garnered an All-Pro selection last season. However, it does make the second outside corner, Brandon Facyson, susceptible to being picked on. Having not watched the game again, it’s difficult to determine how many catches or yards No. 28 gave up, but Kenny Golladay posted an 8-117-1 largely because of his matchup.

Next. Why Chargers will retain Joey Bosa

It’s an incredibly difficult loss to move on from, but it’s what the Chargers will have to do as they return home to face the Houston Texans.

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