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

By Ernie Padaon

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.