Philip Rivers Outduels Andrew Luck as San Diego Chargers Win Defensive Battle Over Indianapolis Colts

By Ryan Wenzell
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers got the best of young upstart Andrew Luck as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Indianapolis Colts. Rivers’ favorite target on the night was Keenan Allen as Allen finished with nine catches for 107 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass that put the Chargers ahead early in the game.

The real story of the game was the Chargers defense. They held Luck and the Colts offense in check for most of the night. While Luck’s receivers let him down a few times with crucial drops he failed to get much going against an aggressive front seven.

Sneakily, the Chargers are now 3-3 under a new regime with Mike McCoy now at the helm as head coach. Every game they have been in practically has been close and with a few bounces of the ball they could easily be 4-2 or 5-1. Rivers is thriving in this new offense.

Much has been made of Rivers never winning the big one like his draft counterparts Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, but it has been no fault of his own. While he did have a down year last season, for the most part his numbers stack up with and even succeed those of Manning and Roethlisberger. He has just never had a complete team around him to work with.

This could be the year as the defense looks vastly improved and they are getting it done on offense. On Monday night, they made a really solid Colts football team look rather pedestrian. If the Chargers could sneak into the playoffs with a wild card berth they could be a dark horse, surprise team to watch out for in the AFC.

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