Hey Coltsy buddies, how ya doin? Pretty good I imagine. Those wins against Seattle & the Niners (pre-ordained SB winners) were impressive. I’ve always liked Andrew Luck and despite arguments IMO he is the best, most developed of the new QB class. It’s only because he’s in a smaller media area, like us, he doesn’t get more attention he deserves.
There are so many connections between us in the past but especially now. I won’t “vote” in your poll as one of your posters “accidentally” voted for the Chargers but the truth is the Colts are much more a complete team than the Chargers this year.
It’s a rebuilding year for the Chargers (we have a lot of those) with a new coach, front office, whole playbook scheme and as Mike Florio of pro sports talk put it, “The Chargers this year are Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle, Antonio Gates and a bunch of average players.”
Injuries are extreme. There is only one starting o-lineman left, C Nick Hardwick, 4 out. #1 and #2 WR’s out for season injuries. #1 RB Matthews very unlikely with concussion last game. No run game. I won’t even mention the D losses including your Freeny and our invisible secondary (worst in the league).
We have no right to win this game despite the valiant efforts Philip Rivers will make, as always. Our only hope is the ol adage, “any given Sunday…” you know.
Hey, if you guys don’t mind, with your permission, I’ll post a game breakdown you might enjoy?
Thanks Charger fan. I wouldn't mind reading a game break down.
As you wish. Its written from a Charger point of view in general but there's a lot in there for you and the many ties between us.
On Offense for the Chargers
In surpassing the 400-yard plateau last week, Rivers aims to become the first quarterback in NFL history to top 400 yards in three straight weeks. With 1,610 yards through the season’s first five games, Rivers is on pace for a 5,152-yard season. Another bright spot for the Chargers this season has been the play of the offensive line. Injuries have seen the line go through constant turnover just five games into the season as center Nick Hardwick is the only offensive lineman to start every game and play every snap. Despite the upheaval, the line has only given up eight sacks in 199 passing plays, tied for fourth fewest in the league.
On Offense for the Colts
Now in his second year leading the Indianapolis offense, Andrew Luck comes into Monday night’s game having completed 97 of 156 passes (62.2%) for 1,144 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He turned in a masterful performance last Sunday in Indianapolis, leading the Colts to a 34-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks. His top two targets in the passing game have been veteran Reggie Wayne (28 catches, 365 yards and two touchdowns), and T.Y. Hilton, who’s coming off a five-catch, 140-yard, two touchdown game against Seattle. After acquiring Trent Richardson earlier in the season in a blockbuster trade from the Cleveland Browns, Indy has rushed for 710 yards this season (4.7 yards per carry) and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.
On Defense for the Chargers
San Diego has held their last two opponents (Dallas and Oakland) to 616 total yards (308.0 per game). Jarret Johnson leads the team with 3.5 sacks, while inside linebacker Donald Butler and safety Eric Weddle are tied for the team lead with 36 tackles on the season. On the defensive line, former first-round pick Corey Liuget leads the group with 16 tackles, five pressures and four quarterback hits.
On Defense for the Colts
The 11th ranked defense in the NFL is led by inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman who has amassed 43 tackles thus far this season, which ranks 10th in the NFL. He also has three sacks and two forced fumbles. Meanwhile, the venerable Robert Mathis leads the entire league with 9.5 sacks from his outside linebacker position in his 11th year in the league. The Colts have also registered seven interceptions through five games, which is tied for third most in the NFL.
The Chargers and Colts will meet for the 28th time in series history. San Diego leads the series 17- 10 having won two straight and five of the last six. This one will be the 13th meeting that will take place in San Diego. The Colts won seven of the previous 12 meetings, though the Chargers won the last, a 23-17 overtime victory in the 2008 Wild Card Playoffs.
By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank fifth in total offense (401.6 yards per game), fifth in passing (311.2 ypg), 21st in rushing (90.4 ypg) and 12th in points (25.0). The Colts rank 13th in total offense (362.4 ypg), 24th in passing (220.4 ypg), fourth in rushing (142.0 ypg) and sixth in points (27.8)
Defensively, the Bolts rank 27th in total defense (406.0 ypg), 27th in passing (288.8 ypg), 24th in rushing (117.2 ypg) and 19th in points allowed (25.8). Indianapolis ranks 11th in total defense (330.4 ypg), sixth in passing (201.4 ypg), 30th in rushing (129.0 ypg) and fifth in points allowed (15.8).
Chargers’ General Manager Tom Telesco came to the Chargers from Indianapolis, where he spent the previous 15 seasons, working his way up as an area scout, pro scout, director of pro scouting, director of player personnel and ultimately vice president of football operations in 2012.
Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano is the younger brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and spent the 1998-01 seasons in Indianapolis as a defensive assistant with the Colts.
Special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer was in Indy coaching special teams from 1998-01.
Quarterbacks coach Frank Reich spent the 2006-07 seasons as a coaching intern in Indianapolis.
Chargers Director of College Scouting Kevin Kelly spent three seasons (2009-11) as an area scout with the Colts.
Chargers center Nick Hardwick is a native of Indianapolis.
Colts’ Vice President of Football Operations Jimmy Raye joined the Colts in 2013 after spending 17 seasons with the Chargers, most recently as director of player personnel from 2008-12. He joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996- 99) as a scout and eight (2000-07) as director of college scouting.
Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the Chargers’ linebackers coach from 2002-06 and the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011.
Former Chargers offensive line coach, Hal Hunter, Jr., is the Colts’ assistant offensive line coach.
Colts defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin played for the Chargers in 2012.