The Good: The Browns were effective in playing bend-but-don’t-break defense. The Chargers advanced to the Browns’ 20-yard line or farther six times but came away with five field-goal attempts — Travis Coons made four of them — and just one touchdown. The Browns entered the game ranked 31st out of 32 NFL teams in red-zone defense, allowing 23 touchdowns in 31 trips (74.2 percent), so they took a huge step in an important category. “Just don’t let them in the end zone,” Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said. “That was our mentality. Just don’t let them cross the goal line.”

The Bad: Chargers tight ends Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, a Kent State product, punished the Browns linebackers who tried to cover them. Henry had seven catches for 81 yards on nine targets, and Gates added three receptions for 32 yards on four targets. They combined to grab 10 passes for 113 yards on 10 targets, with quarterback Philip Rivers repeatedly exploiting those matchups. “He’s just so smart and then his ability to dissect what the defense is doing that fast and make calls to adjust to that makes him tough to defend,” Browns cornerback Jason McCourty said.

The Ugly: Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer had his second-turnover free performance of the season in last week’s 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but he failed to take care of the ball against the Chargers. Kizer lost a fumble on a strip-sack by defensive end Joey Bosa and threw an interception to safety Adrian Phillips during the final two possessions. “You can’t turn the ball over, and we have to play intelligent,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “We have to be an intelligent team in situational football. We have to continue to grow that way.”

— Nate Ulrich