Actual Result: Chargers 19 Colts 9
Records: Chargers (3-3) Colts (4-2)
Wow, well that wasn't even close to what I had expected, as both teams' scores combined don't match what had predicted for Indianapolis San Diego and their 21st ranked rushing attack controlled the game and the clock against the Colts. San Diego ran the ball a season-high 37 times for 147 yards, and the controlled the time of possession 38:21 to 21:29.
I really thought Indianapolis would decimated the Chargers awful defense, but the Chargers did what you need to do to win against the Colts. Keep Andrew Luck off the field.
Philip Rivers was 22/33 for 227 yards and a TD pass to Keenan Allen, who is asserting himself as the #1 WR in San Diego.
Andrew Luck was 18/30 for 202 yards and a late-game INT that didn't matter much in the outcome. I was highly disappointed in Luck's inability to sustain drives against a defense that made Terrelle Pryor look like an elite quarterback.
However, not all of the blame can be put Luck's way. While driving down the field late in the 2nd quarter, Coby Fleener dropped an easy first-down conversion that would have put the Colts in the red-zone. Instead, the Colts had to settle for a long field goal.
The Colts' running game was ineffective, only running for 74 yards on 17 carries. Richardson has yet to prove he was worth his trade value, as he had yet another below-average game, running for 40 yards on 10 carries.
The Colts will look to rebound against the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, while the Chargers will hit the road, looking for win #4 against the Jaguars.