Chargers: What went wrong on defense
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.
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.