The San Diego Chargers have beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football 19-9.
Time of possession was once again huge for the Chargers. The Chargers possessed the ball 39 minutes to the Colts’ 21. The offense was able keep Andrew Luck off the field, which didn’t allow the Colts to take advantage of the Chargers’ weak secondary.
Philip Rivers finished the night with one touchdown and no interceptions completing 22 out of 33 passes. He was able spread the ball around well enough but rookie receiver Keenan Allen really stood out. Allen caught the Chargers’ only touchdown and finished with 107 yards. The next closest receiver (Danny Woodhead, a running back) had 47 yards.
The Charger’s defense was surprisingly effective despite being down two more starters along the front-seven. They were only able to sack Luck one time but were bringing the pressure early in an attempt to rattle the second year player. I would say it was the bend-don’t-break type of defense but there was no bending in this game. The Colts only managed three field goals.
The Colts offense couldn’t get going and that was partially due to the five passes the Colts’ receivers dropped. Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped a crucial pass on third down that would of gone for a touchdown. T.Y Hilton, who had a great game last week, dropped one as well on third down that he could of converted into a first down and extended the drive. Instead the Colts punted and the Chargers were able to covert the possession into points. Also the normally sure-handed Reggie Wayne dropped what would have been his 998th catch. He went on to get his 1000th catch by the end of the game. Wayne is only the 9th player in NFL history to reach this benchmark. All of them were drafted after 1985.
Nick Novak made a 50-yard field goal right after the two-minute warning to unofficially ice the game. The game was officially iced when Derek Cox intercepted a tipped pass after Luck overthrew Wayne trying to go for his 10th comeback in his young career. This was the Chargers first interception since Cam Thomas intercepted Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub on the opening play of their season opener.
The Colts, 4-2, will now prepare to face their previous savior, Peyton Manning and his unbeaten Denver Broncos.
The Chargers with the win go up to 3-3 to get themselves out of the basement of the AFC West, an honor that now belongs to the Oakland Raiders. They will face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars next week and whoever is quarterbacking that mess.