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

Behind Enemy Lines: Chargers vs Colts

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.
(Mathis almost scares me more than Hilton. We saw last week how bad this team can be if they can’t control the clock or pass the ball. If King Dunlap isn’t back by Monday, we will be starting undrafted rookie Nick Becton at LT. I’m already having déjà vu of Rivers being face first in turf all game like last year.)
6. What is you prediction of the outcome?
I think the Colts will be able to take home a big win over the Chargers, but it’s not going to be easy. If I had to predict the final score, it would be Colts 28, Chargers 21.

I will be live-tweeting the game again this week so feel free to tweet @kingofcahill or voice your opinions in the comments.

 

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  • Tom Spalsbury

    We’ll lose. We can’t even beat the Raiders. Not to mention we seem to suck at home.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Can’t say we suck at home yet. We beat Dallas pretty handily, right? Not saying we are guaranteed a win, but two of out of three losses were on the road. The one home game loss we do have was opening day against a pretty good team, and it’s not like we got blanked. Unless you are going back to last year. There is still time to prove that we suck at home this year. Just hasn’t happened yet. Monday will be their next chance to show it.

      • Tom Spalsbury

        I guess I am going back to last year. I hope for the best but we always seem to fall short at home. Our guys need to step up !

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Agreed, they need to step up. This season, I am simply looking for little improvements. Winning on the road in Philly was one of them. Beating Dallas was a game a lot of us had down as a loss. Beating the Colts on Monday night would be a HUGE win right now. Losing to the Texans isn’t an embarrassing loss.. even based on “how” we lost. I also think people are not giving the Raiders credit.. they are not as bad as I originally thought. They are keeping teams honest. The Texans were as well… they kept KC honest, and Fitzpatrick was the QB that day. If he was the QB when we played them , do you think we might have won? Probably. Or, off Locker was playing, would KC have won? Maybe not.

        • Conor Cahill

          Never Forget. Its an expectation of mediocrity at this point.. Defense looks slow like they know theyre going to get beat up and down the field

      • 1961 Fan

        We barley beat the C’boys; the game could have ended the other way. The Chargers do not have the players to “step up” it is a rebuilding year.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          As they say, a win is a win. By that logic, the Broncos “barely beat the C’Boys, and it could have gone either way”. Not saying we are better than the Broncos, but the Cowboys put up 48 points on the best team in the NFL. They are in 1st place in their division, and are not slouches. And yes… I expect players who are getting paid millions of dollars to put in a better effort, and step up. They may not be super talented, but I have seen a lot of lazy play.
          The vets especially need to step up… Liuget, Butler, Weddle, etc. I saw three penalties on Donald Butler in one game… one of the three was for lazily jogging off of the field, and we got called for 12 men. A captain of the defense should be making more of an effort. Three penalties makes a big difference in a close game.

          But my point here was, we are 1-1 at the Q. Too early to say we suck at home. But, they could indeed suck at home. We’ll see….. they probably will if they keep playing like they did in Oakland & Tennessee… or even against the Texans.

          • Conor Cahill

            Best Offense in the NFL. Defense is mediocre at best, especially without Champ.

  • JoeWagstaff

    With a porous O line Wisenhunt has to get really creative. At best we can beat a heavy rush and/or blitz with Woodhead coming out of the backfield or Gates as a safety valve. Gates will probably be double teamed though. The oft injured Chargers are short handed at wideout as well so stretching the field is a big gamble that hasn’t paid off this season. Speaking of stretching the field, Bolt opponents have been successful all year doing just that. With one and a half safeties and no name corners, even marginal quarterbacks are having career games. The only way I see a victory for the Chargers is if they can force a few turnovers, unlikely based on past performances, or if they control the clock with a strong running game thus keeping Luck off the field. Speaking of Luck, the Chargers will both need more of it and less of him Monday Night.