The staff at boltblitz.com give their take on the Chargers week 3 matchup vs the Colts
Zak Darman: Chargers come out flat and the Colts come out guns ablazin’. Colts get a 17-10 lead going into halftime with Luck picking apart this defense for 200 first half yards and 2 Touchdowns. Philip gets one before half hooking up with Travis Benjamin. Second half starts and it is the opposite this time with the Chargers leaning on Melvin Gordon and the running game to take a lead late and the defense holds to win it. Chargers 24 Colts 20
Chris LaFurno: Last time these teams saw each other, Luck wasn’t hurt. He was good and that Colts team actually went 11-5. Chargers won that game 19-9 not allowing the Colts into the end zone once. Now they face Luck and Co. with a much improved run game and an emerging defense. I believe MG28 will get it going as early as the first drive and the Chargers won’t look back. They’ll open up a 14-0 lead and it will go score for score from there on out. I love Luck. He’s great but just doesn’t have enough help around him for this to be a trap game. Chargers are ready. Phil will go over the 300 yard mark with 3 Touchdowns. MG28 gets two Touchdowns one through the air and one on the ground. Luck will try to test Verrett often and Verrett will answer the call. 6 targets for 2 receptions for 20 yards, 2 PDs and an interception. Defense comes up with 3 turnovers. Chargers win 35-20
Laura Leech: Gordon has another strong game with a touchdown. Benjamin with 2. Hunter Henry gets his first. Colts keep it close but an interception seals the deal for the Chargers in a nail biter. 31-24 Chargers
Cheryl White: Defense harasses Luck & Co. all day. Verrett blankets Hilton so Luck really can’t get the ball to him. Defense gets at least 2 INT’s, M28 gets two TD’S, Philip surpasses 300 yds this week with 3 TD’S and zero INT’S.. #GoBolts 38-14 Chargers
Chris Hoke: The chargers and Indy trade points for most of the game leading to a game winning field goal by Josh Lambo 27-24 bolts
Mike Pisciotta: Despite McNorv’s inability to rally the team to play a 60 minute game, Philip Rivers and the offense take advantage of Indy’s depleted secondary to win. Melvin Gordon runs for a buck again and a score, Travis Benjamin hauls in two Rivers’ TD passes and Dexter McCluster runs the first kick off back for a score for the Chargers since 1857. Bolts win 31-17
Will McCafferty: I really wanted to predict 41 for the Bolts but I can too easily see McCoy’s sphincter tightening in the fourth quarter once more. He just can’t help himself. The Colts have been getting killed on the ground and no reason to believe that trend shouldn’t continue. Look for Gordon to have another big day….unless he gets pulled in the fourth. The Chargers will dominate the time of preseason, as well as the scoreboard. 31-24 Chargers
Greg Williams: The offense keeps rolling and the defense continues to force turnovers and get good pressure on the quarterback. Keep an eye out for Hunter Henry, who will record his first pro touchdown subbing in for an ailing Antonio Gates. 30-14 Chargers
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At this point in the free agency marathon, the Chargers have turned their focus to bringing in a veteran wide receiver. On Friday, San Francisco free agent Stevie Johnson came to Chargers Park but left without a contract. Johnson is a 6’2, 205 lb. wideout who is back to looking for work after one season with the Niners.
With the departure of Eddie Royal to the Bears the Chargers have a need for a slot receiver. Chargers GM Tom Telesco is searching for veterans and has already been spurned by Royal and Andre Johnson, formerly of the Texans. In both cases, Telesco offered more money but they decided to go elsewhere. Johnson has stated he is to make a decision on where to sign by Monday.
With the quality of available wide recievers dwindling, who else is there to choose from? The Kansas City Chiefs have cut Dwayne Bowe. Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree is also on the market and the Chargers are expected to make runs at both of them. There is one more name out there that can bring the Chargers some impact at the wide receiver position.
Wayne was there for Telesco’s tenure in Indianapolis and the Colts have made it clear they will not be bringing the veteran back. Wayne has had a long 14-year career with the Colts, entering the league in 2001. Now 36, he has had recent injury issues but in his 14 seasons he has only missed ten games. A model of durability and consistency, Wayne has repeatedly showed his ability to take the top off a defense with his speed and elusiveness. With the emergence of T.Y. Hilton in Indianapolis, Wayne was no longer the number one receiver and the Colts viewed him as expendable.
There are concerns about his health due to his age. Others wonder whether he has anything left in the tank. In 2013, Wayne tore his ACL, causing him to miss the second half of that season. He returned and played 15 games last season, catching 64 balls for 779 yards and two touchdowns. Many want Wayne to retire a Colt but he has stated he wants to play another year with a contending team.
There is no doubt Telesco can make the deal happen and bring in Wayne. He will have the upper hand over any other GM who comes calling because of their history together. Telesco has not denied his Indianapolis roots as we’ve seen Colts don lightning bolts such as Donald Brown and Dwight Freeney.
Like Freeney, Wayne will have multiple uses on the team. As a veteran receiver who has a Super Bowl ring and has managed to stay in the game for so long and play at a high level, he will have a lot of knowledge to share with the Chargers young receiver corps. His presence will help take the pressure off Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates.
A bigger role on a unit that needs a jolt like the Chargers will make Wayne a threat again. Only missing ten games in 14 seasons is a testament to his year-round conditioning and preparedness. As sure handed as they come, Philip Rivers will be excited to see Wayne on his side of the field instead of watching him from the visitors’ sideline.
Finally, it won’t cost the Chargers a lot to secure Wayne’s services. An incentive-laden, one-year deal with an option for a second year will suffice. Even at the end of his career, Wayne can still bring an impact to the team the same way Steve Smith Sr. did last season at the ripe old age of 35. In my opinion, it’s not a matter of if this signing will happen but when.
What do you think Bolt Nation? Would you like Wayne in powder blue this season?
The Greg One
Tomorrow night the Chargers face their toughest test of this young season. The team hosts the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night football. These are the same Colts that managed to knock off both the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. It is safe to say that they aren’t too shabby.
Indianapolis is led by second-year Quarterback Andrew Luck. Despite having a below average offensive line, Luck has managed to put up solid numbers in 2013. His stats to this point include 1,144 yards passing with a completion percentage of 62.2%. Among those passes he has thrown 7 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
San Diego’s Monday night foe just recently consummated a trade that left some Charger fans wishing that it was done by former Colt front office member, Tom Telesco. Indy shipped a 2014 first round draft choice to the Cleveland Browns to acquire Running Back Trent Richardson. Although Richardson was able to get the ball in the endzone often while in Cleveland, he did not necessarily show the ability that you’d expect from the number three pick in an NFL draft. However, Richardson is only 22 years old. There is still plenty of time for him to hone his craft and become a future superstar in this league. Although I’m not sure that the Colts should have given up a first round pick to gain the services of Trent Richardson, I do believe that the move will pay dividends in the near future.
When assessing the success of Andrew Luck, while knowing that he is calling plays behind a subpar offensive line, you need only to look as far as the receiving corp that he has at his disposal.
Now that he is going into his 13th season, Reggie Wayne knows defenses before most young defenders know their own defenses. Wayne has obviously lost a step. And yet, he must be salivating at opportunity to test the Charger secondary tomorrow night. Wayne is a crafty veteran with incredibly sure hands. The fact that he stayed in Indianapolis after “that one guy” left shows that he had to believe in the young signal caller in Luck. My hope is that he does not give the Bolts’ defensive backs fits during the game.
Another weapon to contend with is T.Y. Hilton. I might go as far as to say that, unless you play fantasy football, you might not know who this guy is at wideout for the Colts. Hilton is known for stretching the field and defenses are still getting burned by this speedster out of Florida International. He will certainly be a force to be reckoned with knowing that the over-the-top help has been non-existent in the Charger secondary. Meaning, Marcus Gilchrist has been really, really bad at covering his portion of the field in ANY type of coverage. It goes without saying, for those of you that breakdown the tape, Eric Weddle has spent a substantial amount of time playing in what could be considered a Linebacker/Box Strong Safety spot. He has also managed to moonlight at his intended position of Free Safety and additional Cornerback in some defensive sets. He’s a busy guy.
The Colts have lost sophomore Tight End Dwayne Allen for the year. The good news for them is that Coby Fleener was the first of the two Tight Ends that were selected in last year’s draft. Though Fleener had an injury-riddled rookie campaign, he has already had an impact in 2013. Similar to Hilton, although at a different position, his speed at TE should test the Charger defense.
I refuse to write anything about Darius Heyward-Bey-Rucker-Huxtable-Perry. Why, you ask? Because we just dropped a game to the former Raider Wide Receiver’s team. He is fast. He could spell trouble for the Chargers.
Well, there you have it. This game will certainly be a barometer for the dilapidated San Diego defense. They have taken on the form of the 32nd ranked pass defense in the NFL. Actually, they have earned that distinction. And now they have a kid that is attempting to live up to the hype of former Colt Quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Stay tuned to BoltBlitz as later today I look at the Indy defense, both the Charger offense and defense, another quest to find quality writers for the site and I’ll finally be posting my “Get to know the staff” piece about me.
Better late than never? The jury is still out.