Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs off the field after a win against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Handle Indy - Improve to 3-3


Last night, we all sat back and watched our favorite team put the moves on Andrew Luck, and the 4-1 Indianapolis Colts. It was the perfect boost of confidence for fans & players alike! Especially after going into Oakland, and having their worst performance of the season. It was a home win, and a much needed conference win. The win tasted a little sweeter than most, as it was on Monday Night Football, and came at the expense of a very good team. The Colts are in first place in their division, and are a top ten team, by most standards. Beating good teams hasn’t always been easy for the Chargers over the last few seasons. It was most definitely a complete team win. However, here are some folks that I was impressed with last night.

John Pagano: After weeks of playing soft & predictable defense, Pagano finally ramped up the play calling. This probably had a lot to do with the fact that he was playing his brother, Chuck Pagano. The blitzes were coming from everywhere, and it clearly had an impact on Andrew Luck, who went 18 of 30 for just 202 yards! He had ZERO TD’s, and a game ending INT. The run defense got better, as well. Trent Richardson was held to just 40 yards in the game, and didn’t even sniff pay dirt.

Nick Novak: The best player of the night was Nick “The Kick” Novak! I haven’t always been confident with the man’s leg, as it seems that he has a great deal of trouble kicking it out of the back of the endzone on kickoffs. I honestly cringed, and covered my eyes when he kicked that 50 yarder to seal the deal. Much like his predecessor, he has been solid in the regular season during his tenure. He is earning every penny of that contract extension he got. Now, if we could just get him into the playoffs… we could see how he does under pressure.

Ryan Mathews: This guy takes a lot of crap from fans, and it isn’t totally undeserved. But, I have to give credit, where credit is due. Breaking a hundred yards last night was exactly what the doctor ordered, and came just in time. I was honestly surprised to even see that he was back at practice so quickly after suffering a concussion in Oakland last weekend. He ran hard all night, and pounded the rock right up the Colt’s gut. When he broke off runs up the sideline, he was gashing them for yards! What was more impressive was that he didn’t even get the redzone carries. I hope his performance motivates Whiz to give him more carries, as Woodhead isn’t a redzone back, and it has shown the last two games. Ryan has been running hard for this team. Let’s reward him with some opportunities to get TD’s…. JUST MAKE SURE YOU HOLD ONTO THE BALL, RYAN!!!

Keenan Allen: Just look at that smile in the picture above… You think he’s happy about last night? That touchdown catch was a thing of beauty. He was manhandling the Colts secondary last night, making key catches, and blowing up CB’s & safeties! It was awesome to see him fighting for yards, and pushing a pile of tacklers with those strong legs. If there was any concern about his knee, it looked pretty good to me on that play. The way he is stepping up, with our top two receivers on IR, is a huge contribution to the team. He is acting like an all pro, and will put that Raider-hat BS to sleep permanently with performances like that. He is my favorite draft pick from his class, and I didn’t even want to draft a WR.

Derek Cox: OK, I admit that I have been hard on Cox, and I don’t feel bad about it. I stand by everything I have said about him, so far. I get the soft coverage scheme is Pagano’s fault. But, if he IS supposedly a “man corner”, like everyone keeps saying… don’t forget to bump Heyward-Bey at the line, and give him a free release the first time you get lined up in man coverage! You are not a rookie, or second year guy. He got very lucky that wasn’t another DeSean Jackson type TD. Heyward-Bey just plain dropped it. However, the reason I am putting Cox on this list isn’t for his overall performance, which sucked IMO. It is for his INT at the end of the game to seal the deal. We had just two turnovers going into the game (which is pathetic), and we desperately needed a key takeaway. We saw Gilchrist drop a key INT a few games ago. Wright ALMOST had one last night, too. Furthermore…. for those of you who remember the Marlon McCree debacle… there is nothing more important than knowing when to go down on a game ending play!!! McCree cost us (and a lot of good Chargers) an opportunity to bring home a championship. So, thank you Derek Cox for not being… well… McCreeish.

As many on this site have pointed out, this season has been a roller coaster. The ups and downs are frustrating. Watching the same defense employed for 5 weeks, without changes is as maddening as it gets! Last night, we finally saw Pagano put the pedal to the metal, and keep it there. He DID get soft again in the fourth quarter. But, hopefully that is something he will see on tape, and quit it. Best of all, the game was won, and we don’t have to have another week filled with angry posts, and trolls rubbing it in our faces. A win is a win, and Jacksonville awaits.

If we can go into the bye week with a 4-3 record, we return to a Redskins team that has been struggling mightily. We’ll have had time to heal up the injured, and (crossing my fingers) possibly see some Brandon Taylor action!!!! If the D keeps playing like this, he will have an opportunity to take some of the pressure off of Weddle. Right now, Weddle’s wings are clipped…. Let our Ball Hawk fly!!!

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson

 

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Watch after the bye, we have a healthy Taylor and Ingram that would be so sweet.

    Funny after Heyward-Bey dropped that pass, both announcers were quite for a second then Gruden says “Luck may have overthrown that one alittle”

    Ya right that was a Drop!

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

      Hahahaha… if by overthrown, you mean the ball didn’t have stick-em on it.

    • tubbs45

      That was a flat DROP. Lay out and catch it… Glad he didnt, but come on Cox was BEAT by 2-3 steps.

  • tubbs45

    I would like to give props to Cam Thomas. While it wasnt obvious in the stats they were committing extra bodies to block him and Liuget. He did a good job of throwing bodies into other bodies and creating havoc. Weddle playing where weddle belongs contributed to a limited fly zone for the Colts.
    Our secondary did get luck with many dropped passes, like the one fleener dropped in the middle of the field down by the 25 yrd line…

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

      Yeah… Denver probably wouldn’t have dropped those. Gotta tighten up more.

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

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    • joerockt

      Done.

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

        Thanks Joe!

  • boltingindiego

    i was impressed by both of the lines yesterday. We ran for almost 4 yards a carry and the king shutdown the nfl sack leader. Our d line help up in the run game and created pressure on luck and finished with some sacks. Hopefully they keep it up for the rest of the season

    • joerockt

      Fluker is a freaking beast. He will only continue to get better and will be a solid RT for many many years. So far looking like one of the best 1st round picks we’ve had in many years.

      • boltingindiego

        once hes able to handle speed rushers better dude will be a beast only weakness so far.

  • joerockt

    I liked how RM ran last night, but we need to see that week in and out. Get through the rest of the season healthy, have multiple 100+ yard games and I don’t know, break one or two and maybe find the end zone and he might gain some respect back.

  • joerockt

    To me this win is bittersweet. We have two 6-0 teams in our div, and lost one to the other. Looking at KC’s and Donkeys schedules, they look pretty light until they play each other in Nov. Hopefully we can pull one out on the Donkeys before that game, though I can easily see both of them 9-0 when they first meet.

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

      Totally ridiculous. A 10-6 season would be a huge success for this team, and we could still could be the Chicago Bears of last year. One thing caught my eye… Did Brandon Albert get injured badly on Sunday? I saw him go down twice, and the second time he looked like he was in a lot of pain. KC isn’t playing that good on offense to begin with, so that could be a huge blow, because Fisher is playing awful. That means their D will constantly be on the field, and have to play harder.. that could be a recipe for injuries on that side of the ball too.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        Albert is fine and expected to start on sunday ;).

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

          So he was faking the writhing in pain move on the field? Twice? What a pussy.

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            Wow!
            He hyperextended his elbow, and I’m not sure what he did to his knee. I guess some players are realm and can play through pain. Maybe some if the chargers should take some notes from a “pussy”.

            And you shouldn’t be wishing injuries on anyone, it’s bad karma man.

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

            Who wished an injury on anyone? Why are you trolling Charger sites like a fuck-nut? You think anyone here cares about you, or your weak katma BS? LMFAO!

  • 1961 Fan

    The facts of the game are: The Colts played their worst game of the season. They played right into the Bolts hands and the Chargers ONLY scored one offensive TD. Nick Novak out played the Colts with his four field goals. A win is win as the final tally goes, however I think the fans should be worried about the lack of points seeing as how good the offense appeared – sharp. Rivers is looking good with the new play calling of OC Wisenhut. I hope the Bolts don’t go to Jacksonville and play like they played the Raiders.

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

      At least we can say they don’t “suck at home” for one more week, right? Lol… I just thought the redzone play calling was shoddy. It’s not like we don’t have anyone that can get it done. I just don’t see the point of having Woodhead run the ball in the redzone every time… maybe on special occasions it will work. He failed at a 4th & 1 last week, and he got tackled in the backfield this week, pushing us back further.. and he fumbled last week too. You have to give McClain, or Mathews the ball in that situation, if you are going to run it. I know Mathews has fumbling issues, but he was protecting the ball very well on Monday Night. Woodhead is too little for goal line power running, no matter how tough he plays. You might get lucky, but it isn’t a permanent solution, and takes TD’s away from Mathews. He IS supposed to be our power back, Ken Whisenhunt.