Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers 10/14/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: San Diego Chargers 19, Indianapolis Colts 9
October 14, 2013
Capping off the Week 6 NFL festivities was a solid matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers on “Monday Night Football.” The Colts were coming into this one after a big Week 5 win over the Seahawks, while the Chargers were trying to gain some traction after a rough loss to the Raiders. It had been a while since these two teams had met so no one really knew what to expect, which always makes for a great football game.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistical trends and noteworthy players from this one as we break down exactly what happened. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 7 to see what’s in store for these two teams.
What Happened: With names like Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers involved, many people--us included--figured this would be more of a precision quarterbacking duel. We really didn’t get a chance to see that, however, as the Chargers utilized the run to control the clock and the game. As a result, Luck never really got much of an opportunity to get going. Rivers monopolized his team’s time on the field, engineering three drives of over 74 yards to sustain a slow burn of momentum. The time of possession tells the real story here: San Diego had it for 38:31 as opposed to Indianapolis’ 21:29.
Luck and the gang could only come up with a trio of field goals over the course of the game, and the Chargers consistently got off the field with points during their drives--if mostly just field goals themselves. In the end, the Bolts came away with the victory 19-9.
The win puts San Diego at 3-3 on the year, while the Colts fall to 4-2.
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The Stars: We’ll give Rivers his due here: he was great when he needed to be. The veteran posted just one touchdown pass to the rookie Keenan Allen (who had a breakout game with 107 yards on nine grabs) but was a very efficient 22-for-33 for 237 yards.
Ryan Mathews helped out on the ground, giving his team a 102-yard effort on 22 carries. New Charger Danny Woodhead added nine carries for 36 yards and five receptions for 47 more. San Diego really seems to like him.
Nick Novak was on point, and his four field goals proved to be the real difference-maker. He hit from 31, 33, 34 and 50 yards.
On the other side, Adam Vinatieri also nailed all three of his attempts. His were 30, 50 and 51 yards.
The Goats: The immediate reaction is to blame the Indianapolis offense, but really the entire team contributed to the loss. Trent Richardson had another underwhelming day with 40 yards on 10 attempts. The Colts still haven’t figured out how to utilize him.
Luck’s receiving corps didn’t help matters--there were a handful of drops which were real momentum-killers. (Coby Fleener and Darrius Heyward-Bey, we’re looking at you.)
Defensively, the team just plain couldn’t get off the field. They tightened the screws when they needed to, but allowed the Chargers way too much time and ability to dictate the pacing of the game.
Injuries: The Colts’ Jerrell Freeman sustained a concussion early on in this one; it remains to be seen how he’ll recover.
For the Chargers, they escaped pretty cleanly. Eddie Royal hurt himself but came back later, as did Johnnie Troutman.
Outlook: This Colts loss takes a little bit of the shine off Peyton Manning’s Week 7 return to Indianapolis. The Broncos will be in town on “Sunday Night Football.”
The Chargers will visit the hapless Jaguars in the early afternoon game.
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