A week ago, we made the case that this Chargers team could be better than last year’s 13-3 squad. After Sunday night’s 36-14 destruction of the Colts, you could argue the Chargers are playing better than any team in the league.
The Chargers outscored the Colts 20-0 in the second half and picked off four Peyton Manning passes in the victory. The Chargers battered Manning all night, reminding viewers this team is about much more than Philip Rivers.
Mike Tolbert rushed for 103 yards and scored his ninth touchdown of the year. Linebacker Kevin Burnett and safety Eric Weddle both scored touchdowns on interceptions. Consider it a very good sign the Chargers could win a blowout in Lucas Oil Stadium without Rivers topping 200 yards.
While the Chargers are making their typical late season run, these Colts look unfamiliar. The running game has gone from terrible to unprofessional. (They had 24 yards on 13 carries.) The offensive line can’t protect Manning for long, and Manning’s receivers are either hurt or making uncharacteristic mistakes. The Colts defense is missing too many playmakers.
This was the largest home loss for the Colts in the Peyton Manning era. Their seven-season streak of 12 wins is over. For the first time since 2001, it’s possible they may miss the playoffs. (If another AFC South team can step up.)
You aren’t always what your record says you are.
Sunday night’s game showed the 6-5 Chargers are playing dominant football, while the 6-5 Colts are just trying to survive.
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