The Chargers followed up their first win with their first loss, and now host another team with an even record. Here’s how they win this one.
The Chargers, the referees, and the Lions did everything they could to ensure Los Angeles didn’t leave Detroit with a win. Too many penalties, some questionable flags, and a strong day from Matthew Stafford were too much for the team to advance to 2-0.
Here were the five keys to winning that game, and whether they were followed en route to a loss:
- Send in the rookies: Not enough (28 defensive snaps total).
- Make changes if something isn’t working: The Chargers, without Hunter Henry, spread the offense out to help the offensive line. It worked.
- Send Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram from the same side to rush the passer: If they did, it didn’t net any sacks.
- Be the better quarterback: The main goal was to turn the ball over less than the opposing guy. Philip Rivers played a turnover-free game for almost four quarters before tossing one late, which ultimately decided the game.
- Brandon Facyson needs to step up: Though it looked better than in the season opener, Facyson’s coverage wasn’t enough to slow down Stafford-to-Golladay.
Now, the Chargers return home to face a dangerous Houston Texans team with as much talent as they do. The Texans’ first loss came from an improbable last-second field goal conversion by Saints’ kicker Will Lutz, and their first win a narrow victory over the Jaguars. Both teams presented respectable challenges, and the Texans head to Los Angeles battle-tested against tough opponents.
So how do the limping and unlucky Chargers come away with their second win of the regular season?