TV Schedule: Monday, Oct. 14, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Weather: High 73, Low 59
Line: Indianapolis (-1.5)
Andrew Luck has been widely considered as the best second-year quarterback in the NFL right now and that has a good possibility of being true. That’s also extremely high praise seeing as there were a handful of solid starting quarterbacks that were drafted a year ago. The Indianapolis Colts are slowly starting to forget about Peyton Manning — although he is having a career-year — and putting their full trust into Luck. Luck has been solid so far for the 4-1 Colts, passing for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns while also posing a threat to run. His favorite target this season has been Reggie Wayne to no one’s surprise, but T.Y. Hilton is slowly becoming a close No. 2 option. Hilton has 20 catches for 342 yards and two scores. Trent Richardson will be contributing more to the run game for the remainder of the season with Ahmad Bradshaw out.
On the other side of the field, the San Diego Chargers might have a record of 2-3, but they are still one of the most surprising teams in the NFL. They could easily be 4-1 on the season, considering they have lost two games by just three points. Philip Rivers might end up being the comeback player of the year after a rough season in 2012. Rivers has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 1,610 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, completing a good handful of his passes to Antonio Gates at tight end. Gates has had a resurgent year as well, catching 32 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. This offense has been solid this year, but the run game ranks 21st in the league behind Ryan Matthews.
Defensively, the Chargers have given up the sixth-most yards per game of any team in the league. Moreover, they allow the sixth-most passing yards, but just the ninth-most rushing yards per contest. The Colts rank 11th in terms of yards allowed per game while giving up the fifth-least points per game in the league.
PREDICTION: Colts 24, Chargers 20