Monday Night Football Colts vs. Chargers

colts vs chargersThe 4-1 Indianapolis Colts will travel to the 2-3 San Diego Chargers. The Colts are on a 3 game win streak after losing to Miami on September 15th. The Chargers have had a roller coaster of a season so far as they lost their 1st, won their 2nd, lost their 3rd, won their 4th, and lost their 5th game of the season.

The Colts are lead at quarterback  by 2nd year stater and former #1 overall pick Andrew Luck. Luck has thrown for 1144 yards and 7 touchdowns so far this season while only throwing 2 interceptions. The Colts #1 running back is Trent Richardson. Richardson has rushed for 151 yards on 51 carries and has 2 touchdowns. Luck’s main receiver is Reggie Wayne. Wayne has caught 28 of the 42 passes thrown his way for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season. On the defensive side of the ball the Colts are lead by Jerrell Freeman and Robert Mathis. They have a combined 12.5 sacks(Mathis has 9.5), 67 tackles and 4 forced fumbles. The Colts have one of the best defenses in the league as they have allowed a combined 75 points through 5 games and have held the San Francisco 49ers to 7 points on their home field. The Colts are scoring an average of 27.8 points per game and are only giving up an average of 17.8 points per game and that is why they have a record of 4-1.

The Chargers are lead by veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers. Rivers has thrown for 1610 yards and 13 touchdowns while only throwing 5 interceptions. The Chargers main running back is Ryan Matthews. He has rushed for 234 yards on 67 attempts and no touchdowns thus far. Phillip Rivers has thrown the ball 42 times to Antonio Gates. He has caught 32 for 438 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense the Chargers are lead by Eric Weddle and Jarret Johnson. They have a  combined 55 tackles and 3 sacks. The Chargers is not as good as the Colts as they have allowed 113 points in 5 games. The Chargers best win was against Dallas as they beat the Cowboys 30-21. The Chargers are allowing an average of 25.8 points per game and are only scoring on average 25 points per game, so their defense is giving up more points then the offense is scoring and that is why their 2-3.

 

Keys to the game

For the Colts:
1. Hold Phillip Rivers under 400 passing yards. In games that Rivers has thrown more then 400 yards this season his team is 2-1. The Chargers are 0-2 when he doesn’t throw more then 400 yards.
2. Stop Eddie Royal. Royal has 5 touchdowns in 5 games so the Colts need to know where he is.
3. Andrew Luck needs to take advantage of the Chargers weak secondary. The Chargers only have 1 interception so far this season so Luck needs to take advantage and make so big throws down field.

For the Chargers:
1. Know where Robert Mathis is. Mathis is on pace to break the single season sacks record. He currently has 9.5 sacks. If he continues at this pace he will have a total of 30 sacks this season which would DESTROY Michael Strahan sack record of 22.5. So the Chargers offensive line needs to know where Robert Mathis is at all times.
2. Have Andrew Luck throw more then 300 yards. This season when Andrew Luck has thrown more then 300 yards his team has lost.
3. Hold the Colts to 20 points or under. When the Colts score more then 20 points they have won.

 

My Prediction

The Colts get out to an early lead after the 1st quarter as they are winning 10-3. But Phillip Rivers throws 2 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter to have his team take the lead 17-13 at the half. In the 3rd quarter Andrew Luck throws a deep pass to Reggie Wayne for a 60 yard touchdown to give the Colts the lead 20-17 after the end of the 3rd. In the 4th is when the Colts pull away as Trent Richardson runs for a touchdown and Andrew Luck throws another touchdown to Reggie Wayne to expand their lead 34-17. Phillip Rivers Passes to Antonio Gates to close the gap 34-24 but after that the Colts run out the clock and secure the win.

Final Score

Colts: 34
Chargers: 24

 

 

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