Quick Recap: Chargers at Colts

The game is on the line, 78 yards to go in 77 seconds. One quick pass, goes out-of-bounds, good. Second pass right over the middle to Hunter Henry, who never fumbled throughout his entire collegiate career, fumbled to lose the game. Given, it isn’t all on his shoulders. There was a missed extra-point, injuries and missed conversions.

That’s the lead story out of today. Manti Te’o, who has had his share of leg injuries over his career, is done. Possibly for the year. Brandon Flowers, also went out due to the concussion protocol in the 4th quarter, due to an inadvertent knee from Denzel Perryman.

The Chargers defense cause 2 turnovers today which resulted in 10 points. Jason Verrett struggled today with T.Y. Hilton. Verrett came into this game as the leagues number 1 corner back on a few lists, but was hung out to dry today; Hilton finished the day with 8 receptions, 174 yards and a touchdown.

Melvin Gordon didn’t look like the Gordon from the last two games. He had a touchdown which tied the game in the 2nd quarter, but he only had 35 yards on 16 carries. Hunter Henry did have a good outing, despite the fumble, finishing with 76 yards on 5 receptions. Tyrell Williams kept the hype up looking very good. Philip Rivers looked like a shadow of himself from last week. Taking too long in the pocket, not making passes that he normally would, no touchdowns; passed for 330 yards.

The Colts put this one away with the final score being 26-22. The Chargers play Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.

Week 3 INJURY REPORT: Antonio Gates OUT

Chargers Inactives


 

The Chargers are without 4 starters this week and surprise inactive this week in LT King Dunlap. He was listed as probable due to illness, but will not dress today. With Antonio Gates inactive, expect to see a few looks to TE Hunter Henry.

Colts Inactives

 

Vontae Davis IS active today for the Colts, which will make it a bit tougher for the Chargers receiving core. With Donte Moncrief out, expect to see a lot more Chester Rogers.

 

Chargers at Colts prediction

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

The Chargers lead the series against the Colts 16-9, as well as postseason series; 2-1. The Colts have lost their last 6-of-7 against the Chargers, including the playoffs. Their last win against the Chargers came in November of 2008; the final score was 23-20.

Now that you have a background, here’s what’s to look forward to. Philip Rivers is without Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen and now possibly, Antonio Gates. Looks really bad, right? Yes, in a way, but now the Chargers have Tyrell Willains showing up and an actual run game to lean on. Melvin Gordon is finally running with purpose and it is a thing of absolute beauty. The Colts’ are ranked 29th against the run, allowing around 125.0 yards a game. With that the case, Melvin Gordon may see another 100-yard game, would be two in a row.

On the other side of the ball, the Chargers are 29th in pass defense allowing 324.5 yards a game, but not many touchdowns from those yards. Jason Verrett will be on T.Y. Hilton, so expect to see a matchup there. We all know how Andrew Luck can be against a poor pass defense, so maybe he’ll come out swinging or maybe he’ll fall and never get back up. Chester Rogers is in for sidelined Donte Moncrief, so he may see a lot more action on his side of the field. Brandon Flowers may be put on him, but he is a very maneuverable person.

With how well the Chargers run game has been and how astounding Philip Rivers has been throwing, I’m going to pick the Chargers in this game, 24-10.

Joey Bosa in pads for his first time as a Charger

The long-awaited report that every Charger or just all-around NFL fan has been waiting to here; Joey Bosa is in padded practice.

This is no indication that Bosa will play Sunday, but it is looking good as far as him becoming a key in this defense. Wether it be this Sunday against the Colts or two weeks from now, Bosa will be there. If he does get in the game, however, it will be very limited and he’ll see just a few snaps.

Besides him may or may not being able to go come game time is the least of the worries right now. There’s a positivity to all of this and it is that he is now suiting up.

Antonio Gates unlikely against the Colts

This week there was some good news. The good news that Joey Bosa was in his first practice as a Charger, but that he probably wouldn’t see any game time, yet. He’s not the only one that may not see the field in Indy.

Antonio Gates, the oldest member of the Chargers family, may not suit up along with Bosa this week, due to a hamstring issue. Both of the statuses will follow todays practice or in may become a game-time decision.

With Antonio Gates possibly out, you can expect to see a lot more targets come to Hunter Henry, the Chargers other up-and-coming Tight End. Philip Rivers doesn’t have the connection and chemistry as he does with Gates, but there’s no better time to get used to a guy.

The Chargers play the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Without Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen and now possibly without Antonio Gates. Philip Rivers has been weaponless before, so let’s see if he can make some magic happen.

Chargers sign RB Dexter McCluster

As we all know by now the Chargers have lost RB Danny Woodhead for the season, due to ACL injury. In desperate need of another back, they look for one with similar style; Dexter McCluster.

It’s not all new faces when it comes to McCluster coming to the Chargers; Chargers offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt is well aware of what McCluster is able to do. In Whisenhunts first year at head coach for the Tennessee Titan, he brought in McCluster and got some good usage from him in the two seasons he was there. He was the 3rd down back last year at Tennesee and here’s a few of the stats of his from last season:

55 rushes for 237 yards and a touchdown. 31 catches(on 41 targets)260 yards and 1 touchdown. He also filled in as a good punt/kick returner, averaging 9 yards on punts and 21.9 on kick returns.

So as far as the NFL season being underway and there not being a ton of choices, this looks like a great choice for the occasion.

Joey Bosa STILL NOT practicing

This week we only have one padded practice. A practice that everyone who is planning on playing, should participate in, but there is still one person who hasn’t seen the field; Joey Bosa. There is still any doubt that he’ll fill in later, too, to get a Limited Participation(LP)” next to his name.

In best interest, it seems that McCoy and staff may want to sit him for an extra week and make sure that the 3rd-overall pick is good to go. As for the fill-ins for Bosa, Darius Philon and Caraun Reid will be swapping out. Reid actually did very well last week against Kansas City, but it would be best to see the 1st-round pick out there. Maybe with this rest, they can ease him back into next week and we can see some advancement.