INDIANAPOLIS — Pagano also pushes winning the turnover battle.
Indianapolis' success last year came in spite of a minus-12 differential in turnover margin. This year, the Colts are plus-6.
That could be a key stat against a San Diego team that has struggled to protect the football. Rivers' one weakness has been his five interceptions, and the Chargers are minus-8 as a team.
Turnovers helped Houston score a come-from-behind 31-28 victory at San Diego in a Monday night game to end Week 1, and three early turnovers led to 17 points last week in the Chargers' 27-17 loss to Oakland.
Pagano preaches to his players that the enemy is in their own camp. As long as they prepare properly throughout the week and execute to the best of their ability on game day, everything else will sort itself out.
That approach won't change. Even with the nation watching.
"One play at a time, all you got, 60 minutes, don't judge," Pagano said, repeating his favorite mantra. "We talked about 'don't judge,' it means don't look at the scoreboard. Doesn't matter if you're up, if you're down. Play as hard as you can and make sure you're in position when the play shows up you're there to make it."