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.
• 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.
• 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.