Thoughts from the Colts' loss to the Chargers Sunday night.
What it means: Indianapolis could have taken a one-game lead in the AFC South, but another loss to San Diego and the first home loss of the season means the Colts are at 6-5, still even with the Jaguars and down a head-to-head tie-breaker. The Colts have not lost as many as five games since a 10-6, second-place finish in 2002.
Rare repeat: Peyton Manning threw four interceptions, the most since his six interception game on Nov. 11, 2007 in San Diego. It was just the second time in his career he’s thrown three picks in two consecutive weeks. The first was in 1998, when he threw three in the first two games of his career. He was under pressure all night, and at one point his own man, right guard Jeff Linkenbach, got pushed back into him by Antonio Garay.
What I didn’t like: The rushing offense was ineffective (1.8 yards per carry) and the pass offense was out of sync. A two-play sequence in the second quarter illustrated the troubles: Pierre Garcon appeared to let up on a deep ball he ultimately couldn’t catch up to before Reggie Wayne allowed a ball to sail between his hands.
Hard to believe: The Colts were just three-of-12 on third down, but they fared better than the Chargers. San Diego won this game despite going zero-for-eight on third down.
What’s next: The Colts host the Dallas Cowboys in Indianapolis’ final game of the season against the NFC East.