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Scouting Report: Chargers vs. Colts

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Here is your scouting report for this week's game between the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The San Diego Chargers return home to face the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.  Kickoff is set for 5:40pm.  Be sure to be there in person to cheer on the Bolts!  Click here to purchase tickets.

A Look Back At Last Week

The Chargers fell in a disappointing 27-17 loss to AFC West rival Oakland Raiders. The Bolts found themselves in an early 17-0 hole and were unable to recover.  Philip Rivers threw for over 400 yards for the third time in four games in a losing effort. He became the first quarterback in team history to throw for more than 400 yards in consecutive weeks.

What to Watch For…

On Offense for the Chargers

In surpassing the 400-yard plateau last week, Rivers aims to become the first quarterback in NFL history to top 400 yards in three straight weeks. With 1,610 yards through the season’s first five games, Rivers is on pace for a 5,152-yard season.  Another bright spot for the Chargers this season has been the play of the offensive line. Injuries have seen the line go through constant turnover just five games into the season as center Nick Hardwick is the only offensive lineman to start every game and play every snap. Despite the upheaval, the line has only given up eight sacks in 199 passing plays, tied for fourth fewest in the league.

On Offense for the Colts

Now in his second year leading the Indianapolis offense, Andrew Luck comes into Monday night’s game having completed 97 of 156 passes (62.2%) for 1,144 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He turned in a masterful performance last Sunday in Indianapolis, leading the Colts to a 34-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks. His top two targets in the passing game have been veteran Reggie Wayne (28 catches, 365 yards and two touchdowns), and T.Y. Hilton, who’s coming off a five-catch, 140-yard, two touchdown game against Seattle. After acquiring Trent Richardson earlier in the season in a blockbuster trade from the Cleveland Browns, Indy has rushed for 710 yards this season (4.7 yards per carry) and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.

On Defense for the Chargers

San Diego has held their last two opponents (Dallas and Oakland) to 616 total yards (308.0 per game). Jarret Johnson leads the team with 3.5 sacks, while inside linebacker Donald Butler and safety Eric Weddle are tied for the team lead with 36 tackles on the season. On the defensive line, former first-round pick Corey Liuget leads the group with 16 tackles, five pressures and four quarterback hits.

On Defense for the Colts

The 11th ranked defense in the NFL is led by inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman who has amassed 43 tackles thus far this season, which ranks 10th in the NFL. He also has three sacks and two forced fumbles.  Meanwhile, the venerable Robert Mathis leads the entire league with 9.5 sacks from his outside linebacker position in his 11th year in the league. The Colts have also registered seven interceptions through five games, which is tied for third most in the NFL.

Series History

The Chargers and Colts will meet for the 28th time in series history. San Diego leads the series 17- 10 having  won two straight and five of the last six. This one will be the 13th meeting that will take place in San Diego.  The Colts won seven of the previous 12 meetings, though the Chargers won the last, a 23-17 overtime victory in the 2008 Wild Card Playoffs.

 By the Numbers

For the year, the Chargers rank fifth in total offense (401.6 yards per game), fifth in passing (311.2 ypg), 21st in rushing (90.4 ypg) and 12th in points (25.0). The Colts rank 13th in total offense (362.4 ypg), 24th in passing (220.4 ypg), fourth in rushing (142.0 ypg) and sixth in points (27.8)

Defensively, the Bolts rank 27th in total defense (406.0 ypg), 27th in passing (288.8 ypg), 24th in rushing (117.2 ypg) and 19th in points allowed (25.8).  Indianapolis ranks 11th in total defense (330.4 ypg), sixth in passing (201.4 ypg), 30th in rushing (129.0 ypg) and fifth in points allowed (15.8).

Milestones on the Horizon

Philip Rivers’ next 400-yard game will set a team record. Currently  he and Dan Fouts are  tied with six each during their careers.

Rivers has started 117 consecutive games, the NFL’s second-longest streak among active quarterbacks behind Eli Manning’s 132.

Antonio Gates has 21-career 100-yard receiving games. He needs just one more to tie Wes Chandler for the fifth-most 100-yard receiving games in team history by any player and five more to tie Kellen Winslow’s mark  (26) for most in team history by a tight end. His 21 100-yard games are fourth-most in NFL history by a tight end (since 1960).

Ryan Mathews (2,710 career rushing yards) is seventh on the team’s all-time rushing yardage list. With another 148 yards on the ground, Mathews will tie Don Woods (2,858) for sixth.

Nick Novak needs 17 field goals to tie Dennis Partee (71) for fourth on the team’s all-time field goals list.

Past Milestones

On Jan. 13, 2008, Philip Rivers posted his highest postseason completion percentage (73.7%) and passer rating (133.2) in the divisional playoffs at Indianapolis. In five career games against the Colts, Rivers is 4-1 and has completed 90 of 133 (67.7%) for 1,058 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

In 2004, Gates caught his 13th touchdown pass of the season in a game against Indianapolis to set a new NFL single-season record for tight ends.

Playing for New England in 2010, Woodhead scored the longest rushing touchdown of his career (36 yards) against the Colts.

While playing for the Dolphins,  on Sept. 21, 2009 Ronnie Brown rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Colts. He also had a 115-yard game against Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2006.

Derek Cox recorded his first-career interception in the end zone on the first defensive series of his first NFL game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13, 2009.

On Nov. 28, 2010, Eric Weddle returned an interception a career-long 41 yards for a touchdown in a win against the Colts.


Chargers’ General Manager Tom Telesco came to the Chargers from Indianapolis, where he spent the previous 15 seasons, working his way up as an area scout, pro scout, director of pro scouting, director of player personnel and ultimately vice president of football operations in 2012.

Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano is the younger brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and  spent the 1998-01 seasons in Indianapolis as a defensive assistant with the Colts.

Special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer was in Indy coaching special teams from 1998-01.

Quarterbacks coach Frank Reich spent the 2006-07 seasons as a coaching intern in Indianapolis.

Chargers Director of College Scouting Kevin Kelly spent three seasons (2009-11) as an area scout with the Colts.

Chargers center Nick Hardwick is a native of Indianapolis.

Colts’ Vice President of Football Operations Jimmy Raye joined the Colts in 2013 after spending 17 seasons with the Chargers, most recently as director of player personnel from 2008-12. He joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996- 99) as a scout and eight (2000-07) as director of college scouting.

Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the Chargers’ linebackers coach from 2002-06 and the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011.

Former Chargers offensive line coach, Hal Hunter, Jr., is the Colts’ assistant offensive line coach.

Colts defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin played for the Chargers in 2012.

Broadcast Information

ESPN (Local simulcast on KUSI-TV Ch. 9/51 in San Diego) – Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst) and Lisa Salters (reporter)

Westwood One Radio – Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Tim Ryan (sidelines)

Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst) and Mike Costa (Reporter)

Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)

All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.

For a unique, one-of-a-kind look at the Chargers, be sure to tune in each week to Chargers Insider on Fox Sports San Diego.  The half-hour program will be the go-to destination for fans that want behind-the-scenes coverage and unique features on the team. Chargers Insider airs each week throughout the season on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT as well as Saturday’s at 11:35pm on KFMB, Channel 8.

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