SAN DIEGO —
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
• Time: 8:30 p.m.
• Location: Qualcoom Stadium (Grass); San Diego.
• Records: Colts 4-1, Chargers 2-3.
• ESPN (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters).
• Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Jim Sorgi, Matt Taylor), WNDA-1570 AM.
• Westwood One Sports (Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Tim Ryan), WHBE-680 AM
• Colts: Chuck Pagano (15-6, 2nd year). Pagano has a 0-0 career-coaching record against San Diego.
• Chargers: Mike McCoy (2-3, 1st year). McCoy is 0-0 against the Colts.
• 25th regular-season meeting. Chargers lead series, 15-9. San Diego has also won two of three post-season meetings with the Colts.
• The Chargers have won the last two games, posting a 36-14 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2010 and taking an overtime 23-17 post-season victory at San Diego in 2009. Indianapolis’ last road win in the series occurred on 11/23/08 as the Colts came away with the 23-20 victory.
• Interestingly, the Colts have a better regular-season record against San Diego on the road (6-4) than at home (3-11). Counting post-season games, the Colts are 7-5 at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium.
• The series between the two franchises began in 1970 with the Colts winning the first game 16-14 in San Diego.
• Colts defeated Seattle 34-28. Chargers lost 27-17 to Oakland.
THEY SAID IT
• “It’s incredible. People lose perspective because they get caught up with where you are. But to think about these injuries and what people thought about us before the season started. And to be ranked by the power-ratings as the fourth-best team in the league is quite an accomplishment for the players and coaches.” — Colts owner Jim Irsay on the team’s 4-1 start after wins over NFC favorites San Francisco and Seattle.
• “Other teams have injuries too. But I don’t know if anyone’s had the type of injuries we’ve had at running back. We’ve lost two starting running backs [this season].” — Irsay discussing the losses of RBs Vick Ballard (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) to season-ending injuries.
• ”A true professional. He’s not getting as many [opportunities] as some guys. But when he does, he shows up big, man. He doesn’t mope around. He doesn’t complain. He just keeps showing up, playing and waiting for his opportunity. When he gets it, he’s showing what he can do.” — Colts WR Reggie Wayne on the play of backup RB Donald Brown this season.
• “[San Diego QB Philip] Rivers presents his own problems, man. He is a gun-slinger. You can see it. I grew up watching him and [tight end] Antonio [Gates] going back and forth with each other. [Rivers] definitely can sling that rock. He puts the ball where he wants it. [We] have to play a lot tighter coverage. He just beings a lot of knowledge of the game, try to hide stuff. We’ve got a nice little string of quarterbacks we’re going to play [with Denver’s Peyton Manning returning to Lucas Oil Stadium next week]. We’re definitely going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s about disguising things and not letting [Rivers] see what we’re doing.” — Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman on the San Diego offense.