8:30 PM ET, October 14, 2013
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
The Indianapolis Colts are the AFC South-leading and were feeling truly confident about what they could accomplish however, QB Andrew Luck says coach Chuck Pagano would not allow this behavior.
YouWager fans know that the Colts are remaining grounded through their early success and tonight on the road they will look for a fourth consecutive win versus the inconsistent San Diego Chargers.
Luck is the first Indianapolis quarterback other than Peyton Manning to lead the team to sole possession of first place since his former Stanford Cardinal mentor and current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had 4-0 Indianapolis atop the AFC East for the week of Oct. 13, 1996.
The 24 year-old finished 16 of 29 for 229 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 34-28 victory versus previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks, helping Indianapolis (4-1) erase a five-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
According to the NFL odds, Pagano’s team rank fourth in the league with 142.0 rushing yards per game, however the Colts suffered a blow after learning Ahmad Bradshaw opted for surgery on his injured neck and will miss the rest of the season.
The Chargers (2-3) held the Oakland Raiders to 299 yards last week, but it committed five turnovers and couldn’t overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in a 27-17 loss.
Philip Rivers finished 35 of 48 for 411 yards and two touchdowns in his third 400-yard game of the football season, however he also tossed three interceptions after throwing two in the previous four games.
San Diego lost two fumbles, and running back Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion that could possibly keep him from playing tonight. If he is unable to play, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will be tasked with helping improve a running game that finished with 32 yards on 19 carries last week.
The Colts have forced 10 turnovers, but it ranks 30th in the NFL with an average of 129.0 rushing yards allowed.
The Chargers have forced only two turnovers this season and ranks 27th in the league with 406.0 yards allowed per game, and it knows it has a tough task ahead in trying to contain Luck.