Chargers 19 – Colts 9: Nick Novak, Keenan Allen, Ryan Mathews and John Pagano Shine

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers offense played that ball control power running game offense that we always do? HA. How about that running game? Ryan Mathews was picking up big yards on the ground. Danny Woodhead was churning. The offense killed that clock the whole game. It was an excellent performance from the ball control offense and it made the defense look really good.

With Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson on the sideline, John Pagano had to get a little creative on defense and he had his guys playing hard and confused Andrew Luck. A variety of blitzes were sent up the middle and the guys were able to put pressure on Luck the whole night.

Ryan Mathews finished with 102 yards on the ground and the team looked solid against the Indianapolis Colts. That may have been the best performance that I have seen from Ryan today. That is the type of performance we want to see from him for the rest of the season.

Philip Rivers wasn’t sharp, but he hooked up with Keenan Allen early and often throughout the game. Allen looked like a vet running his routes and picking up yards after the catch. Allen had 9 receptions for 107 yards and a score.

The team gets to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars next and the expectations are up again. This will be a good week for the Chargers.

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  • Rob Base

    Allen came threw BIG TIME! Lucky #13

  • blu3ny3llow

    Ernie I don’t know but I love you n or website never no disrespect……. that said…BREAK YA ANKLES…..POWDER BLuES UP………..haterz DOWN…p.s
    ….luck sounds like a zombie

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Not sure what that meant, but I think I like it!

      • blu3ny3llow

        Everything b4 break ya….say not meant to you…..

      • NativeSanDiegan

        Not sure either. Think he said “no haters”. Good with that. Getting tired of “fans” just spewing profanity. Understand need to rant and let out anger, but not spewing profanity at other team’s fans who “come in peace” and visit our site.

  • arnie

    Que Rocky music, Da da daaaaa, DA DA daaaaaa, Getting strong nooooooooowwww….

  • Nick in PB

    Wow… no Butler. No Johnson. Luck, no TD’s. Great game plan by the Charger crew. How they got these guys to believe they could win this one is amazing to me. Having both our Big guys healthy on the O Line was a boost! Props to Allen and Mathews. Props to Woodhead. Gates, you should have been running on the other side of the first down mark. Cox, way to seal the win! Big win at home!

    • arnie

      Don’t forget Te’o he stepped up. He was all over the field.

      • tubbs45

        Looked like he was starting to see things slow down a bit tonight.

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

        Could him wearing the big boy pants be a reason why the D did so well? I think it’s a definite possibility.

      • Christian

        I watched him personally for all the snaps. He missed a bunch of tackles, whiffed on T.Richardson in the gap, rocked by O’line man… same old Te’o! No penetration…all suspect! All hype!

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

          You do realize it’s only his second game in the NFL, right? Not defending him too much, but he was in a walking boot for two months.. lol. Give him a handful of games. If he doesn’t step up, THEN we can start to talk about him being over-hyped. Too soon.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            However Peter, him wearing the “big boy pants” was NOT the reason the D stepped up. He was “all over the field” like Arnie pointed out, but mostly wasted motion running around in circles. Understandably he struggled with making the calls, but who else could have? Weddle would have had to be in the box on every play and Luck would have taken advantage of it and killed us. Rationale for trading away our 4th rd pick to move up and get him was that he was a “3 down ILB”. I don’t see that yet. I think in time he and Brown (from K-State) can be that guy, but not yet. I’m sure either he or Brown (and probably both) would have been there for us without trading up, and TT could have made another brilliant selection in 4th rd. Barrett Jones from Alabama would have been a fantastic pick for us; so versatile, so talented, a winner who played through numerous injuries. There were other very good players also there in the 4th. IMO, the only glaring mistake TT made in an outstanding draft. He didn’t forsee that the other teams he jumped ahead of wouldn’t take an ILB. Could have been due to incomplete scouting by AJ’s holdover scouting dept. Could have also been due to missing out on O-line players in 1st which may have made him a bit uneasy. Turns out he may have gotten the best fit for us with Fluker anyway. If you read all of this Peter, then thank you for your time. I still think we’ll need to draft a franchise LT this year. I think Matthews and Lewan are better than LT’s in last year’s draft, but my fear is that we’ll play just good enough to miss out on them this year.
            I do hope you read this with your Disqus notification. I had to get all of that out. I also think Te’o didn’t play before now is because he’s not mentally ready, so they protect TT by putting Te’o in a boot-good decision I believe. Against Colts he had to play; we ran out of players!

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

            Of course I read your comment all the way, NSD! I love reading your input, and you always have great comments.

            “Rationale for trading away our 4th rd pick to move up and get him was that he was a “3 down ILB”. – Totally agree. I have said that exact same thing on here repeatedly. I would have taken Ogletree in the first, if we were going to trade another pick to get Te’O. (my first choice was Vaccaro, though). Not to mention, I would rather have taken Bostic (now on the Bears), or Kiko Alonso (now on the Bills). All three of those players are BALLIN’! Te’O was not on my list, whatsoever. Not that I am not happy with Fluker.

            “I also think Te’o didn’t play before now is because he’s not mentally ready, so they protect TT by putting Te’o in a boot-good decision I believe”. – OK, this is where you lost me. I am pretty sure that nobody is trying to “protect” TT’s draft decision by making a player wear a boot, when he isn’t really THAT injured. I don’t think McCoy OR Telesco would roll like that. That’s the kind of thing that makes you look REALLY bad down the line, if Te’O were to potentially go to another team. Sooner or later, Te’O might say “I wasn’t really hurt, but they made me wear it anyway”. It could potentially be one of those shocking revelations you see on “A Football Life”.. hahaha. I don’t think TT would jeopardize his reputation that way… especially in his first year. Te’O was hurt, and they weren’t taking chances.

            Overall, I agree with you. He may not have been the wisest choice, and we DEFINITELY shouldn’t have traded a much needed extra pick away for him, when other great MLB were still available. Having said that, it is undetermined if he can be the player we hope he will be. Some guys take time to become great players. So far, I think Te’O has had a little bit of a rough start. He went down for months, after getting only a few snaps. It’s like a horse race to me… he stumbled out of the gate (not his fault), but we will see what happens at the finish line. He’s only played limited games. I will be rooting for him ; )

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Aloha Peter,
            I do agree with you about the boot. My comment about the boot was a shortcut explanation because my comment was getting quite long. I’ll explain: I know he was injured and required the boot for medical reasons. That put him way behind in his development so he mentally wasn’t ready to play even after he was physically ready. Or at least when HE thought he was physically ready. I do recall that before one game he flew in his family from Hi only to sit the entire game (I think it was preseason). When asked about it after the game he replied that he didn’t know why he didn’t play. THAT’S when I felt the Chargers brass collectively felt Te’o wasn’t mentally ready but Coach MM would only tell the press that they would only play Te’o when he was ready. That contributed to our belief that MM will never tell us anything about injuries, but that’s a whole other topic for another time.
            Since then I believe MM is trying to get Te’o caught up mentally and trying to spur his emotional growth. Our injuries forced us to play him against Indy and I’m sure his head was racing a mile a minute. Then to have to make this defensive calls on top of that? He was forced to see for himself that he wasn’t quite ready for the mental aspect; especially making the D calls. I do think Weddle helped him as much as he could because on one play Te’o was running around and looking back as if totally lost about what D call to make. I think that moment was a self revelation that he still has a LOT to learn and the game hasn’t started to slow down yet, especially making the calls. But the Bolts had no other choice.
            There you have it all Pete. Adios

          • NativeSanDiegan

            I’m now rooting all out for him as well as for RM, Clary, King, English, Gilchrist, and even new cb & Stucky.

  • Alter Ego

    The O-Line won the game. A great victory with several great individual efforts.
    This type of grind it out game with a balanced attack…best smash mouth – pound the ball game we have had.
    Kudos to the D.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Have to agree with you Paul. The combo of zone-blocking and WAM! Power blocking has been perfect.

  • 619chargers4life

    Awesome game , felt like a playoff game

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      But we won

      • Lee

        ouch ernie

      • 619chargers4life

        Lol yes sir !!!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Great game!!! So exciting. That is the Mathews I was expecting to see this season. That’s his first 100-yard game since the Dark Ages. Good for him.

    And man did our defense show up tonight. With two of our superstars out, we had our best outing of the season on that side of the ball. Can’t believe we contained that Colts offense. I guess that’s what happens when Pags does what he’s there for and sends blitzes (without Weddle). So happy with that win. And all that without even mentioning KeONAN and the O-line. Wow.

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

      I wasn’t expecting that after going out with a concussion. Nice work Mathews!!! Still think he needs more carries.

  • boltingindiego

    less softer coverages, more creative blitzes, and much better d-line pass rushing in this game d played excellent limiting the colts to 3 fg’s.

    • tubbs45

      YES YES YES… when we dropped in to the soft cover shell in the forth I almost popped a gasket…

  • shane

    how ’bout how gruden kept giving colts excuses for missing their inside linebackers? how about how we’re missing 4 of our 5 main lb’s??!! big win bolts! hopefully it does turn the season around and we don’t digress like last week. keep giving mathews the ball! dude’s got skills, still needs to work on making guys miss to break the long one, give him touches and it’ll come. use woodhead as a sproles back, don’t give him mathews’ touches. stoked on allen, lookin good. ok, i’m done.

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

      Agreed. Woodhead did a great job. But, when you are within ten yards of the goal line, give it to the big boys. Handing it to Woodhead for a loss when we were on the doorstep was ridiculous… especially when we got stuffed doing that last week. McClain, or Mathews needs to get that call. Ronnie Brown can take a back seat there too, IMO. Just plow forward, and protect the ball.

  • Guest

    Can we stop with the roll coaster ride n

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    The Oline with Troutman and Dunlap being back is a huge group of dudes, early in the game when they were hyping up Mathis he looked Sooo tiny trying to get around Dunlap, like he was pushing his little brother around..Great game, I think we should keep playing the time of possession game in every game and not just against big teams.

    Oh and I wrote down my favorite Gruden quote, towards the end he said
    ” Pressure is the only legitimate way San Diego will get pressure on Luck”

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Rinehart is injury prone and is on a 1yr deal. Troutman is playing very well, It wouldn’t shocked me if Troutman takes over the LG spot.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Agree, but Rhinehart did play very well when he did play.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          It’s great to know we have three really good guard’s.

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

            Schilling at least had a great play too.. then not so much… lol.

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

          Him and Woodhead were great signings. Rinehart is the starter when healthy.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            I say Troutman takes his spot…Will find out soon.

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

            Either way is fine with me, as long as Troutman continuously plays like this. What I like about Rinehart is that you never hear his number called. That’s because he’s doing his job, and doing it well. Troutman has been called for a penalty (or two) in every game he’s played, going back to preseason. If he can fix that, he could definitely unseat Rinehart. Glad to see Troutman doing well. It’s like getting an extra draft pick on the o-line, since he didn’t play last year.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Same here he’s good stuff, anyone notice he gets a penalty every first quarter then never gets another. Much improved in that department compared to preseason he was a penalty machine. Awesome that he is progressing so much so quickly.

        • shane

          he had two penalties tonight though

      • Cgoodness13

        I’ve been pulling for troutman the day he got drafted, I knew he was going to be a beast pass blocker, but I feel rinehart is the complete package and our best lineman, I hope TT extends his contract

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

          I do too… Love me some Rinehart. Glad Troutman can come in, and play backup well.

    • tubbs45

      Yeah I caught that Gruden-ism, at the time I thought maybe I was just hearing things wrong. Thanks for confirming that I was only drunk, not hearing things too!!!

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

        They called Liuget a defensive tackle on NFL Network… lol.

        • tubbs45

          It had for them to keep track of all of our players that aren’t in the top 30… oh the ‘experts’

        • Cgoodness13

          Well we are running pretty much a 4-3 so I understand the mistake

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

            And the guy who made the mistake was actually saying good things about the Bolts… he was countering Heath Evans, who was forced to eat his own words from earlier. He kept trying to make it look like the Colts lost the game, rather than the Chargers won the game.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    The first six weeks has been a roll coaster ride like no other.
    We always come out on fire vs good competition…we just need more consistency.

    We have to play like this every game! Great WIN Tonight!!!

  • Sergio Quintero

    It literally took injuries to almost every pass rusher on the team for Pagano to change the strategy for the defense, but better late than never.

    Guess what when you cause confusion, you will get free rushers, and create incomplete passes, sacks & turnovers. Even when the chargers were healthy the talent on defense is less than great, you have to create plays by scheme.

    Hopefully this is a lesson learned and applied the rest of the season.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      This defense looked really well coached, like they really put in time to find what mixtures of blitzs would work. I wanted Luck to go down! They were so close on a lot of plays. Cox getting a int,finally he starts earning the $ good man.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Its not only the sacks, but they forced short throws and incompletions on 3rd down, before this game it seemed that every 3rd down the Qb’s were comfortable and clear about their reads.

        The chargers talent level is not good enough to play straight up and expect to win with their current talent level, they had to create plays from scheme.

        • Alter Ego

          I disagree with you Sergio. I believe you are grandstanding as you always seem to do with pessimism. Come up with a different shtick – you are off base as normal…the Bolts have loads of talent…the coaching is terrific. Thats the difference,

          It was a good win without any exceptions.

          • Sergio Quintero

            You’re entitled to your opinion Paul, my negativity was very much directed to this defense, which for 5 games had been way below my and many people’s expectations, and by opinion of most experts and metrics was one of the 3 worst in the league.

            I’m of the opinion that a big part of the problem was a lazy play it safe defensive style and play calling from John Pagano. I also think that with current injuries you would be hard pressed to call their defensive talent anything above mediocre.

            So you have an at best mediocre defensive group, that has not played well (Pro football focus had no charger defender in the top 30 in the league at their position for the first 5 games), and you are lining them up, in a play straight (my 4 pass rushers vs your OLine) style of pass rush, with soft coverage, most any functional QB will take the easy short completions, and pick them apart up and down the field. That is not good coaching strategy, so I was pushing for them to put people close to the line of scrimmage, have the ambition to send extra people, create confusion, be smarter than your opponent, create plays by scheme.

            The chargers went with a multitude of zone blitzes, had their inside linebackers and secondary participate in the pass rush, and they made Luck and the Colts uncomfortable and they created a rush for yesterday’s game. If they continue with this style of defense, they will play better, and they can return to a level of productivity they had 2012 (9th in total yards, 16th in points).

            I will admit I’m not the most positive guy in the world, but even in my criticism I always try to offer a solution or a change of strategy, I don’t believe in they suck and there is nothing to do mentality, there are others you can target for that.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Coach McCoy said that this was the focus in practice for the week.

  • Stan Zab

    Can we put the “fire Pagano” thing to rest now? What a win for the bolts!. O-line stepped up huge tonight. I hate on the Chargers more than any Charger fan I know when they deserve it, but man, they deserve mad props today. No way in hell do we get this win under Norv and Munchak. Awesome game plan, awesome execution, awesome protection. Mathis was a non factor today. What a game, I’m pumped.

    • tubbs45

      If we keep dialing up the blitz package like that, then we’re good. But man when we went in to the soft shell in the 4th quarter, I was like ‘oh not this shit again…’ But kudos to Pag’s and the D tonight!

      • Stefanie Smith

        You are so right. It was so obvious when Pagano was changing things. The sportscasters were noting it also.

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

          I think they said.. “San Diego is letting up a little here”.

          Letting up a little = taking foot off the gas pedal. No bueno.

    • Cgoodness13

      1 good game against his brother doesn’t save his job, i really want to be wrong about him being a bad coach, but 1 good game doesn’t prove me wrong. Trust me I want him to prove me wrong

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

        Agreed.. let’s not go signing any contract extensions here… nor with Cox, either. One INT doesn’t change 20 burnt toast plays. But, I hope it’s a start, and builds some confidence in them both to raise their game.

      • Stan Zab

        Have you seen what Luck did to Seattle’s defense? Look at the guys on Seattles’s roster and compare them to the guys on the Chargers roster. Its night and day not to mention JJ and Butler were out. So obviously we won that battle with SCHEME alone, god knows there is very little to no talent. You guys can keep calling for his job but I guarantee with 100% certainty that he wont be fired at the end of the year no matter what our record is. I bet you think the Padres sucking is Bud Blacks fault too…

  • tubbs45

    Liuget was all over the pocket chasing Luck around and Reyes popped up when we need him, finally. Kenan ‘ALL-day’ Allen was a ball magnet with great vision and hands. Man I was sooo wrong about Dunlap, he shut Mathis down after that first drive…

    • boltingindiego

      for some reason we do well with auburn lt’s.

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

      Agreed, Reyes made some nice plays.. it’s like as soon as I call players out for playing like shit for 5 weeks, they suddenly come out of the woodworks with solid performances. Lol… I think a lot of people were wrong about Dunlap. I was never that down on him, but mainly because I thought he would make a good back-up. Never dreamed he would be this solid of a starter!

      • tubbs45

        Call them all out every week, COX YOU SUCK, You couldn’t cover corpse in a freezer…

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

    Next week the Jags… we need to finish 2-2 in that division. .. and another conference win. Head into the bye week on a roll….. then we get Taylor back : )

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Keenan Allen ….Past two weeks – 15R- 222 Yards – 2 TD’s

    http://cdn.memegenerator.co/instances/250×250/40631099.jpg

  • Ioane

    Good things happen when the Chargers can run the ball with Mathews.

  • Derek

    It should be noted that colts have been having o line issues all over out side of their lt castanzo. Our pass rush hasn’t been effective against decent linemen like titans or cowboys . So yeah they were able to beat the niners somehow and the Seahawks. This was a great job pressuring luck to not go through his reads but I still think we can do better with a consistent nt. but most importantly we need to figure out what cox is capable of and let him do it. That would give pagano a pass in my opinon. Seems like they’re trying to make him run zone and he’s a man corner. Can someone let me know. Sux being a chargers fan in dc

    • Cgoodness13

      The problem mostly with all our corners was we were running off man coverage and had weddle and gilchrist both playing as SS’s. It also didn’t help that our 3-4 was predictable and was nearly a 4-3 with Freeney blitzing every play. But tonight we ran a unpredictable 3-4 blitzing not just from OLB but also ILBS and DBs which also allowed Our D-line to exploit 1 on 1 matchups, plus we ran press coverage which It seems all our corners are good at.

      • Derek

        Thx

  • Cgoodness13
  • Stefanie Smith

    Ernie: Rivers was sharp enough to work with what he had in front of him, and no picks/interceptions. I figured he would get all flustered when he got sacked. He still did fine.

    • boltingindiego

      its the constant pressure when he gets flustered where he can’t trust his line to make the blocks. This year they’ve been pretty solid even with the injuries.

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

    Anyone catch the NFL Network being the NFL Network again? They kept showing the Colts plays in the highlights. Then they kept showing Gates NOT getting the first down, Mathews running out of bounds, Trent Richardson’s only good run, etc. The only good Charger plays they would show were Keenan’s TD catch, Cox’s INT, and Novak’s 55 yarder. Everything else was either a Colts play, or the Charger’s worst plays. Then I flipped to ESPN, and they had the “actual” highlights of the Chargers playing well.

    Heath Evans is a turd bucket, FYI. I like that new host on there who kept being sarcastic toward Evans when he was trying to downplay the Chargers role in the victory. He kept saying “So, you don’t think it could be because the Chargers played well, Heath”? LMFAO…. So funny to watch that dooshbag get clowned by his own staff for refusing to acknowledge the facts… THE CHARGERS BEAT THE COLTS DOWN! Luck’s post game podium interview was epic.. shell-shocked.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Our buddy, Jamie Dukes said the Chargers would win. So did Marshal Faulk, I believe. I can’t remember. And somebody on NFL Network.—the scouting guy–said this is Rivers’ best season ever–doing more with less.

  • Stefanie Smith

    I saw Matthews blocking out there,. too. All of them were trying and really putting in the effort.

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

    Ladarius over the top on the sideline was awesome BTW!!!

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