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Rivers, Chargers Take 13-6 Lead Over Luck, Colts
Indianapolis Colts: Stage is Set for a Dominant Divisional Swing
Rivers methodically moved the Chargers (3-3) on three scoring drives of at least 74 yards as he rebounded from a three-interception performance in a dismal loss at Oakland. The Colts (4-2) blew a chance to take a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South. Colts receivers had several drops, including Darrius Heyward-Bey , who couldn't bring in a likely long touchdown pass down the right sideline in the second quarter. Novak's fourth field goal, from 50 yards, came with 1:55 left. There were family ties in this one: Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano beat older brother Chuck, the Colts' coach. --- Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
Colts vs. Chargers: Breaking Down Indianapolis' Game Plan
There are no comments yet. Get the conversation started by leaving the first comment Ryan Fitzpatrick did not look too stellar yet again and the loss of Jake Locker is certainly hurting them. Last, and yes least, the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped to 0-6 on the season after losing to the undefeated Denver Broncos 35-19. With all three of the Colts divisional foes losing and neither one of them boasting a record over .500, they are in prime position to take a two game lead early on in the season. Monday night, the Colts take on the San Diego Chargers in a primetime matchup. Andrew Luck has been so good this year, most Colts fans are past the fact that they lost arguably the greatest quarterback of all time a year ago. He has not just gotten it done through the air, but on the ground as well. Luck has been efficient, and most importantly, he has proven he knows how to win. With such a disparity in the division, the Colts look like the only playoff contender at the moment and may very well end up winning the division by a landslide. It starts Monday night against the Chargers, but if they can come out of this week with a two-game lead, they have to be feeling pretty good about themselves.
Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts
Hilton then dropped a pass. It really became contagious after that. Tight end Coby Fleener had two drops, including one that he could have possibly scored on. You know things were going bad when Reggie Wayne , who caught his 1,000th pass, even dropped a pass that would have given the Colts a first down. That was only the offensive side of the ball. The defense had a difficult time getting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers off the field. The Chargers had the ball for 38 minutes and 31 seconds and rushed for 147 yards. Stock watch: The Colts suffered a major blow when linebacker Jerrell Freeman , the teams leading tackler, left the game in the second half with a concussion. Freemans absence was notable because the Chargers wisely picked on Freemans replacement, Mario Harvey , time and time again.
Chargers: Breaking Down Indianapolis' Game Plan By (Featured Columnist) on October 10, 2013 7,574 reads After the Indianapolis Colts ' latest signature win , it's time for a down week. Well, that's what it may seem like, with Seattle in the rear-view mirror and Denver and Peyton Manning coming to town on October 20. While the San Diego Chargers aren't at the level of either of those two teams, they are dangerous, and this week presents a trap game unlike any other on the Colts' roster. The Colts are traveling to the West Coast for a Monday night game, and have more important foes on the mind. The Colts have played like one of the NFL 's best teams over the last three weeks, and the statistics reflect that. The Colts are currently fourth in the league in total DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), powered by an offense that has been incredibly efficient and a defense that's been opportunistic. On the other side, the Chargers have had one of the few offenses that has been as impressive, if not more so, as the Colts' offense. Philip Rivers is currently the only quarterback in the AFC that could challenge Andrew Luck for the label of "Best 2013 AFC quarterback not named Peyton Manning." However, the San Diego defense has been one of the least effective in the league, and is currently dead last in DVOA . But with the offense being as effective as it has been, San Diego is a threat to any team. So how can the Colts go into their first prime-time game of 2013 with the confidence that they won't fall victim to the infamous trap game? That's what we'll look at in this week's edition of #TheGameplan. Bend Don't Break That phrase is not beloved by many Colts fans, but the fact is that it's continued to be the Colts' mode of operation this season.
Peyton Manning wonâ€™t publicly mention â€˜Coltsâ€?or â€˜Indianapolisâ€?until Wednesday at the soonest
It kind of changes the way I think about audibles and things like that when youve got a new right tackle. I dont know, Tuesday, I guess? Kind of like I do any other opponent. Tuesday. Manning will think about the team he spent 14 years and 227 games (including playoffs) with on Tuesday. And he'll talk about them ... when? Ill probably cover that on Wednesday," Manning said, then looking over to a public-relations employee. "Do I have to talk Wednesday still?
Coltsâ€?momentum is short-lived, as the Chargers beat them soundly
That was a fun eight days. The Colts aren't as bad as they looked in a sleepy 19-9 loss to the Chargers, but they're probably not as good as everyone figured after they squeezed out a home win against Seattle in Week 5. This was a bad spot for the Colts. They were coming off a huge win, heard all week how great they are, but had to have an eye on next week's "Sunday Night Football" showdown against Denver and Peyton Manning . A lackluster performance at San Diego wasn't that surprising. and the Chargers did play well. Still, this was a pretty poor performance by the Colts, who are now 4-2. The Chargers' defense was perhaps the worst in the NFL through five weeks, giving up a NFL high 6.5 yards per play. And the Colts got nothing going against it.