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.