Oct 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) during the second half of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
The Indianapolis Colts are fresh of a HUGE 34-28 win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are easily a top-3 team in the NFL and had a 9-game regular season winning streak prior to this game. The Colts seem to have already turned the corner only one year since they selected Andrew Luck with the number 1 overall pick in 2012.
The Colts are an opponent the Chargers will have play very, very (VERY) well against to beat. Luckily we will get a little boost this week by being at home on Monday night. This week I went behind enemy lines to the Colts blog Naptown’s Finest to ask co-editor Evan Massey about some key questions for Monday from a Colts point-of-view.
1. What can you tell us about Lawrence Guy?
Lawrence Guy is a hard worker. He can make plays, but just wasn’t consistent enough for us. Very solid depth player though. He was a solid pickup for the Chargers.
2. What do you predict from Trent Richardson now that Ahmad Bradshaw is out for the season?
Trent Richardson will continue to improve as the season progresses. He’s never been a “big play” type of back, but you can expect him to get more familiar with the Colts’ system as the season progresses.
3. Who is one Colt on the verge of breaking out?
T.Y. Hilton, no doubt about it. He put up a huge game this past week against the Seahawks, and I think that will help the Colts coaching staff realize that they need to get the football into his hands. Great things happen when Hilton touches the ball.
4. Who is one offensive player the Chargers need to game-plan for?
I would say either Richardson or Hilton. The Colts love to pound the football with Pep Hamilton as the Offensive Coordinator. Hilton has shown up big in two games this year, and the coaching staff has to take notice after his big performance last week.
(T.Y. Hilton runs a 4.34 40 yard dash. Considering how horrendous the defense is, how badly speedy receivers have beat us this year, and how far off the secondary will be playing, I think T.Y. could have close to 200 yards receiving on Monday.)
5. Who is on defensive player the Chargers must game-plan for?
Robert Mathis. Mathis has 9.5 sacks through the first five games of the season, and 5.0 sacks in his last two games. The Colts have been looking to rush the passer this year, and you can expect Mathis to be coming after Rivers on Monday night.