News and Tribune

Sports

October 14, 2013

COLTS-CHARGERS PREVIEW: Colts want to continue clean play in San Diego

(Continued)

SAN DIEGO — DID YOU KNOW?

• Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano is the younger brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

“Another ball game. It’s just another ball game,” the Indianapolis coach said. “We’ve played each other before. There’s no communication this week for obvious reasons. It’s another football game.”

STAT OF THE WEEK

• The Colts, with a 4-1 record, are holding down sole possession of first place in the AFC South for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. It’s also the first time that Indianapolis has been in sole possession of first place in a division without Peyton Manning at quarterback since the seventh week of the 1996 season. Current San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was the quarterback when the Colts led the AFC East.

BY THE NUMBERS

• Indianapolis is second to Denver in 80-yard scoring drives this season. The Broncos have 12 while the Colts have put together nine such possessions.

GAME PLAN

• Keep running the football. Indianapolis has rushed for over 100 yards as a team for the first five games of the season, which tied a franchise record. In order to have success against the Chargers, the Colts must continue to be aggressive with their ground attack.

• Indianapolis has found success using the run game to help set up big strikes through the air during its current three-game winning streak. The Colts aren’t expected to deviate from its successful game plan.

• Defensively, Indianapolis has to keep up the pressure. The Colts have been very much a “bend but don’t break” unit all season long. While giving up yardage between the 20-yard lines, the defense has been able to settle down and force field goals instead of giving up touchdowns. Indianapolis forced two turnovers in last week’s win over Seattle.

KEY MATCHUPS

• Colts RBs Trent Richardson/Donald Brown vs. Chargers run defense. Indianapolis ranks fourth in the league in rushing offense, averaging 142 yards per game. San Diego, meanwhile, is ranked 24th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 117.2 yards per outing. Something has to give.

• Chargers QB Phillip Rivers vs. Colts secondary. Rivers can be a magician with the football in his hand. San Diego’s passing offense is averaging 311.2 yards per game through the air and Rivers has a good group of talented receivers to work with. Indianapolis’ secondary is much improved but has been porous at times, especially early in a game.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
LOCAL MAGAZINES
SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NTSPY Awards Ceremony


Photos from the 2014 NTSPY Awards Ceremony held June 26, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp