The Colts hope that home cooking will get them back on the right track. The Colts are 4-0 at Lucas Oil Field where they have outscored opponents 110-57. But, it won’t be easy this weekend against a Chargers team that has beaten them 4 of the last 5 times these teams have met. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts are without a doubt going to come out throwing the ball this Sunday Night. The Chargers are a heavy blitz team that has 32 sacks already this year. If the Colts’ O-Line gives Manning time to throw the ball he will make them pay for blitzing. If somehow the Chargers are getting to Manning, it could be a long night for the Colts. Donald Brown doesn’t lend much ground support so the success of the offense hinges on Peyton Manning and his receivers.
When the Chargers have the ball: Philip Rivers is the best QB in the NFL right now as he already has 23 TD passes this year and the Chargers are averaging 306.5 yards passing per game. The only way the Colts can stop him is by not letting him throw the ball and that will be up to Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. If Rivers has time to throw the ball he’s going to be effective because he has big receivers to throw to in Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. The Chargers will also run the ball sign with Mike Tolbert against a Colts’ D that is allowing 136.7 yards rushing per game and 5.0 yards per carry.
PREDICTION: CHARGERS 30, COLTS 23