Chargers key to victory No. 6: Target Dontrelle Inman
When the two teams last met, Dontrelle Inman went off for six catches, 119 yards, and one touchdown, with said touchdown being a 52-yard score.
Feeding Inman, however, is less about his previous performance than it is trying to spread the ball around. Undoubtedly, Keenan Allen was a monster last week and beat his man on nearly every snap. Beating Darius Slay was impressive; unfortunately, it was so impressive that Rivers would target him on a game-losing pass because he was too keyed in on No. 13.
Maybe it doesn’t have to be Inman (Mike Williams looked really good), but Rivers does need to spread the ball around after he watched both Williams and Virgil Green open or nearly open for a pass and still take a chance with Allen in double coverage.
Chargers key to victory No. 5: Don’t forget about Uchenna Nwosu
Playing in base defense more often than the previous week, Uchenna Nwosu saw a rise in defensive snaps, going from just 22 percent of those snaps to 44 percent last week.
Facing Deshaun Watson and a bad Texans’ offensive line should give Gus Bradley every reason to unleash his second-year pro. If you thought the Chargers’ offensive line was terrible, consider this: The Texans have currently given up twice as many sacks (10), which is the worst in the NFL. Sure, Rivers does a lot to mask the deficiencies of his offensive line, but Watson is a mobile quarterback.
Nwosu needs to be given ample opportunities to rush the passer, particularly if it helps slide Ingram or Bosa inside. As it currently stands, Justin Jones and Jerry Tillery have not made their presence felt as pass rushers.