The Indianapolis Colts wanted to forget about last season. Nothing went right for them, including an injury to Andrew Luck which put an end to his season way before he would have hoped. So, the Colts chalked it up as a lost season, and wished to head into 2016 with a fresh perspective and slate. Remember that the Colts were a popular pick to go to the Super Bowl a year ago. That of course did not come close to occurring, as the Colts failed to reach the postseason, let alone winning the Super Bowl. The injury to Andrew Luck was significant, but I think even more than that, there were issues on the team that held them back. Most notably, their defense left a lot to be desired. And again this season, the defense has been having a hard time getting stops.
Injuries have been a major problem on defense for the Colts. They have had to dig deep into the depth chart to find healthy bodies. Against the Lions in Week 1, they had to look at their 3rd string options as a result of the injuries. The Lions were able to take advantage of a banged up unit and scored 39 points on them. The following week, the Colts took a 34-20 loss on the road in Denver. Indianapolis desperately needs something to go their way this week against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers were a pain in the side of the Chiefs and Jaguars in Week 1 and 2.
The Chiefs came all the way back on them to win but it wasn’t easy task. Kansas City is lucky to get out of that game with a win, especially playing at Arrowhead to open the year. The Chargers were pegged as being a bottom tier team in 2016, they never really made big strides in the offseason. Nonetheless, they have been competitive and looked fairly decent. The Colts are going on the road next week, flying all the way to London for their game against the Jaguars. What a depressing feeling it would be, heading overseas with a record of 0-3 in their back pocket. We’ll see how they handle the Chargers today at home.
San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Colts -1.5(-110)
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Chargers vs. Colts Pick:
Philip Rivers, at 34-years-old, isn’t going to have too many kicks at the can to win a Super Bowl. Considering the state of the Chargers, it’s difficult to fathom that he finds it in San Diego. The Rivers, Vincent Jackson, and Darren Sproles combo was when they were at their best. The Chargers had a brief stint of success in the postseason, but were never able to push the envelope and make it far.
The door was open for them, but they came up short in all of them. Rivers has gotten off to a nice start, which has been one of the bigger surprises in the NFL thus far. He has connected on 70.8% of his passes, with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. He has undoubtedly going to see some regression from 70.8% but it’s a start worth noting for Rivers. Note that his favorite target, Keenan Allen has been absent after he tore his ACL in Week 1.
Rivers put on a show against the Jags, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. Travis Benjamin, the former Cleveland Brown, went for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rivers finished with 4 touchdowns and 220 yards passing, for a flawless quarterback rating of 138.9. He is going to come back to earth eventually, but he might be in for another nice afternoon against the Colts.
The Colts are 26th in the NFL defensively and are allowing approximately 26 points per game. The Chargers have allowed around 25 points per game themselves Note that Andrew Luck is listed as questionable for the Chargers, but is expected to play. When Rivers is hot, he’s hot, and when he’s cold, he’s cold. And right now, Rivers is hot. I don’t like betting against him while he’s playing like this, especially against a suspect defense he could find success again. I’m going to shy away from the side, and bank on plenty of points being put up on the scoreboard.
PICK: OVER 51 POINTS (-110)