Monday, October 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means: The Chargers' roller coaster of a season continues, as San Diego rebounds from a disappointing loss to the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders last week to defeat one of the best teams in the NFL in the Colts, controlling the tempo for most of the game. At 3-3 overall, the Chargers jumped back into the AFC playoff hunt.
Ground McCoy: Known for his pass-first approach, San Diego coach Mike McCoy let the ground game lead the way for the Chargers offensively. After rushing for just 32 yards against Oakland last week, the Chargers ground out 147 rushing yards. Ryan Mathews led the charge with his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, totaling 102 yards on 22 carries. San Diego's ability to sustain a running game led to a 38:31 to 21:29 advantage in time of possession.
Stock watch: Playing with two frontline players out in linebackers Donald Butler (groin) and Jarret Johnson (hamstring), San Diego's much-maligned defense played well, holding Indianapolis to 2-for-10 on third downs and just 267 total yards. The Colts averaged 27.8 points a contest heading into Monday's contest, but the Chargers held them to just nine. Cornerback Derek Cox capped the night with the Chargers' first interception since the team's first defensive play of the season by defensive tackle Cam Thomas.
Keenan Allen time: Watch out Antonio Gates, because San Diego rookie receiver Keenan Allen is developing into Philip Rivers' favorite target right before our eyes. He was targeted a team-high 12 times, finishing with a career-high nine catches for 107 yards, including a 22-yard reception for a score.
What's next: The Chargers hit the road, travelling to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff time.