Overall: 4th (388.1 Yds/G)
Passing: 2nd (299.6 Yds/G)
Sacks: 1st (12 Sacks)
Interceptions: 7th (7 Ints)
Rushing: 28th (88.5 Yds/G)
Fumbles: 11th (4 Fumbles)
Scoring: 4th (26.8 Pts/G)
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB Peyton Manning
6-5, 230, Tennessee, 13 years in the NFL
20 TDs, 7 INTs, 3,059 Yards, 94.2 QB Rating
One of the best QBs in the league and has led his team to the number 2 ranked passing offense. He is a coach on the field and makes great decisions with the ball. He gets rid of the ball quickly and avoids getting sacked. The Chargers will have to put a lot of pressure on him and force him to make some poor throws. He has been stuck in the same situation as Philip Rivers with a lot of the players going down with injuries.
WR Reggie Wayne
6-0, 198, Miami (Florida), 10 years in the NFL
71 receptions, 865 yards, 12.2 avg, 4 TDs
The biggest threat in the passing game will be Reggie Wayne. He is a 4x Pro Bowler and a 2x All Pro. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason will get matched up on Wayne and will have to jam him at the line and continue their great play. Wayne is Manning’s favorite target and is the most reliable receiver on this injury riddled squad.
TE Jacob Tamme
6-3, 236, Kentucky, 3 years in the NFL
31 receptions, 305 yards, 9.8 avg, 2 TDs
Tamme has stepped up in the absence of Dallas Clark and has given Manning another option in the passing game. He is their best option on the routes underneath and is a target when they get close to the end zone.
The Colts like to pass the ball just as the Broncos did and are ranked number 2 in the league behind Peyton Manning. They struggle to move the ball on the ground and the defense needs to focus on pressuring Manning into quick passes. The Chargers currently lead the league in sacks and need to continue to cover the receivers well and put pressure on Manning.
They do a great job of protecting the ball. They have been beaten lately by getting pressure on Manning and forcing him to throw interceptions. Shaun Phillips and the boys will need to get after him and force those turnovers.
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