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San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts - 10/14/13

Indianapolis Colts (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-3)

NFL Football: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)

The Line: San Diego Chargers 1 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Indianapolis Colts will look to build on their potentially season defining victory over the Seahawks last week as they travel to San Diego to take on a Chargers team who suffered a loss in Oakland last Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts were supposed to be a team in transition after losing Peyton Manning to a season ending neck injury and while the Colts were dismal the year of Manning’s absence it resulted in a franchise altering move in which they acquired Andrew Luck with the first overall draft pick and the rest is history. While Manning is enjoyinf ridiculous amounts of success in Denver, Andrew Luck has asserted himself as the quarterback of the present and future in Indy and with a playoff berth last year in his first season as the Colts signal caller, it is definitely fathomable to expect the Colts back in the postseason once again this year. With victories over the 49ers and Seahawks on their resume, the Colts are poised to battle with the Texans and Titans for top spot in the AFC South and should be in the mix right until the very end and a road win against the Chargers would go a long way in helping the Colts get back to the second season.

San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts - 10/14/13

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San Diego looked very sloppy in all facets of the game against an otherwise underwhelming Raiders team that looked like Super Bowl contenders last weekend and with the Chiefs and Broncos running away in the AFC West the Chargers know they can’t afford any more losses. Philip Rivers is quietly having a very strong season behind center which is extra impressive considering the receiving corps he is working with this year as it is not what we have come to expect from a San Diego receiving unit but nonetheless they look solid and Rivers has been great. However, the Chargers defense has had its struggles and as such they find themselves in a tough spot when it comes to the AFC playoff picture and I don’t think they’ll be making any serious push to challenge for a wild card spot. While San Diego has become a bit of a hostile environment for opposing teams it doesn’t come close to some of the spots the Colts have been this year and I think we’re getting the better team at a modest spread and I expect them to show once again that they’re for real especially on Monday Night Football.

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Indianapolis Colts -1

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