It’s hard to know what to expect from the San Diego Chargers in any given week of NFL action, and that’s why their primetime tilt with the Indianapolis Colts has a real air of uncertainty surrounding it. Indy is one of the hottest teams in the league right now with victories over two NFC West teams considered Super Bowl favorites and three straight victories coming into Qualcomm Stadium. What isn’t nearly as difficult to figure out on the Chargers’ side of things, however, is the fact that the team must start forcing more turnovers on defense.
Winning games in the NFL is hard enough when the defense can come up with a few timely plays to set the offense up on a short field. For the Chargers, their ridiculously low two forced turnovers on the entire season were tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the fewest in the league. And just in case you weren’t aware, those Steelers hadn’t recorded a win until just yesterday when the sorry New York Jets came to town.
Playing a team like the Colts doesn’t seem like the most opportune time to start forcing turnovers, but the Chargers really have no choice. This team must get their defense off the field more often and keep them fresh by handing the ball back to the offense on a more regular basis. The fact that the lone interception by the defense this season came from the 6-foot-4 330-pound nose tackle Cam Thomas says a lot about the team’s lack of talent in the secondary.
Getting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks is certainly an effective way to force errant throws or passes coming out more quickly than originally intended by the opposing man under center. If the Bolts can get home on the blitz more often and make quarterbacks uncomfortable they would be well on their way to improving this turnover drought.
The only reason San Diego isn’t at the bottom of the league in turnover margin is because they have been less generous with giveaways themselves this season. While minus-eight in the category is nothing to write home about, at least turnovers aren’t costing the team games as of yet.
But that could change if the Chargers can’t start forcing more mistakes by opponents, and Andrew Luck will be a tough cookie to crack on Monday night. He has only thrown two interceptions this season and has fumbled just twice as well. If the Bolts want to get a much-needed primetime win to get that monkey off their back, getting Luck out of rhythm and under siege is going to be an absolute must.