Thoughts on field position, first half in San Diego

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
SAN DIEGO -- Indy's special teams are always a concern, and they have a lot to do with why they are trailing this one 14-10 at the half.

The Colts have done OK containing returns, but how to you control punts? San Diego's Mike Scifres 67-yard punt was a thing of beauty and he has a 56.9 average on four boots -- a huge key for the Chargers as they've played a pretty smart and effective field-position game.

Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding was fortunate to get any distance on a kickoff when he slipped badly as he planted and kicked.

Colts return man Chad Simpson was lucky his knee was down on the kickoff return with 33 seconds left when Kassim Osgood stripped the ball from him. That turnover would have been a killer.

Indy needs to play special teams to a wash in the second half, it's a phase where the Chargers can gain confidence that carries over to the offense.

A couple other observations at the half:

* Anthony Gonzalez has six catches for 97 yards and two other balls thrown his way were catchable but went incomplete. He's been very efficient on crossing routes and slants.

Maybe the Chargers are content allowing him to be the primary guy. The Colts are surely ready for any defensive adjustment that would allow for more room on the outside for Reggie Wayne or Marvin Harrison.

* Dwight Freeney is having great success against Marcus McNeil and his tight end help. Philip Rivers has not settled in or ever looked really comfortable, and it's because the Colts pass rush is quickly moving him off his spot. Robert Mathis has a sack as well. San Diego's tackles need to play better for the Chargers to have a chance.

Rivers has completed just two of his 12 passes to a receiver -- both to Chris Chambers -- with Antonio Gates and Darren Sproles leading the way in the passing attack.