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Rising Colts Face-off With Always Dangerous San Diego Chargers

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:24:22 AM

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the fastest rising teams in the league right now as they have their future at both the quarterback and running back positions set, and the offense they have now averages nearly 28 points per game. As of now the Colts stand at 4-1 on the season and are in first place in the AFC South, while their opponent the San Diego Chargers stand at 2-3 on the year, and are in last in the competitive AFC West, meaning this is a crucial game for the Chargers if they have any playoff aspirations.

Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers
Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA
Odds: Colts -1

What To Watch For From The Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have become a dangerous passing team with Andrew Luck under center as he still refuses to look like it is his second year in the league as he is completing 62% of his passes and has thrown just two interceptions. The great decision making of Luck has helped the Colts get quite a few victories this season as they have been involved in quite a few close victories, which is why such a small sports book set spread makes this game harder to call. Since the team traded for Trent Richardson a few weeks ago he has split time with Ahmad Bradshaw, but with Bradshaw recently being place in IR with a neck injury the pressure will be on Richardson to singlehandedly carry the run game, which will be critical as he can take an enormous amount of pressure off of Luck and the pass game. The Colts’ defense has performed almost as well as the team’s offense this season as opponents are being held to just 16 points per game, and 330 yards of total offense.

What To Watch For From The San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers has performed better than many people expected him to so far this season as he already has accumulated over 1,600 passing yards and is completing 74% of his passing attempts. Rivers is leading an offense that averages 25 points per game, and will have its hands full on Monday night. The run game for the Chargers has underperformed through five games this season as both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are averaging fewer than four yards per carry. Woodhead however has been a crucial member of the passing attack as he is second on the team with 31 receptions and will likely see more playing time than Mathews against the Colts. The defense for the Chargers is what has been holding them back this season as opponents are averaging 26 points per game and over 400 yards of total offense, which is not good news considering they will be taking on one of the top offenses in the NFL.

Outlook

Both of the teams in this matchup can throw the ball effectively, which is what the vast majority of the play calls will be on Monday night. The Colts may have a slight edge in the run game with Richardson, but the real advantage comes on the defensive side of the ball where the Chargers are below average, and the Colts are among the best in the league.

Pick: Colts

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