If it wasn’t for Adam Vinatieri‘s worst game of his career, the Colts would have started out 1-0 in Los Angeles. But they ended up losing the game 30-24 in overtime. The defense looked bad too and Darius Leonard played the worst game of his young career.
Because of all of that, Brissett’s performance was largely overlooked. He went 21/27 for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he didn’t throw for a ton of yards, he did what he needed to do to put his team in a position to win the game.
The most important thing about this game for Brissett is that he didn’t turn the ball over. He did fumble once, but it wasn’t lost. For him being a starter for the first time in two years, the coaching staff did a great job putting him in a position to be successful right out of the gate.
There was some room for improvement after this game. Brissett didn’t take many shots down the field to try and open up the defense. It was surprising to see him not do that because of how strong of an arm he has and the fact that the Chargers were missing Derwin James.
Even though the Colts lost this game, it set Brissett up with some confidence in what he was doing. It helped him lead the team to their first win the following week in Tennessee.