So much for the Chargers being a one dimensional offense and not being able to play defense. San Diego ran the ball 7 more times then they passed it, ran for a season high 147 yards, and had the ball 17 minutes longer than the Colts did in the Chargers 19-9 win on Monday Night Football.
The Chargers had been averaging 91 rushing yards per game on the season, and the Colts had no answer for Ryan Matthews or Danny Woodhead in this one. Matthews eclipsed the 100-yard mark rushing for 102 yards on 22 carries, and Woodhead had 83 yards of total offense.
More importantly, Phillip Rivers didn’t turn the ball over and finished completing 22 of 33 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.
San Diego’s defense was the other big story in this one under defensive John Pagano, the brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. The Chargers hadn’t been able to stop anyone, not even Terrell Pryor who torched them last Sunday Night.
Trent Richardson was a complete non-factor rushing for 40 yards on 10 carries, and Andrew Luck was never able to get it going. Luck finished 18/30 for 202 yards with an interception as the Colts fell to 4-2.
The Charger’s defense clamped down hard on 3rd down. Indy converted just 2/10 third downs, and San Diego was 7/14.
Keenan Allen had a big day for the Chargers with 9 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.
The Chargers now have an excellent chance to get on a winning streak when they travel to Jacksonville next week.
Indy on the other hand, hosts Denver next week in Peyton Manning’s homecoming in what will be a very tough game for Andrew Luck and company to win.