Good morning. ESPN Stats & Information provides a couple keys to San Diego’s 19-9 win against Indianapolis on Monday night. They include five drops by Indianapolis receivers, Nick Novak’s accuracy in the kicking game and Philip Rivers’ effectiveness in the short passing game.
From ESPN Stats & Info:
“Rivers went 17-for-20 for 145 yards on throws that traveled five yards or fewer downfield. Rivers was 9-for-9 on those throws when targeting Keenan Allen, whose catch total was a career high. Keenan Allen had his second straight game with at least 100 receiving yards. He's the first Chargers player with back-to-back 100-yard games since Malcom Floyd in 2011. Rivers was also 5-for-5 when throwing to Danny Woodhead.”
Kevin Seifert of ESPN writes that the Colts were too conservative, and should have loosened the reins on Andrew Luck and the offense.
Mike Wells of ESPN says that the Indianapolis defense failed to make stops when it needed to.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland tells us what we know about all 32 teams through Week 6 of the NFL season. Here’s what he has to say about the Chargers. Barnwell: “Secretly one of the league's worst defenses, the Chargers are plenty capable of keeping up in shootouts, but their package of no rushing offense and no passing defense means any team worth its salt will be able to catch up to a Chargers lead in the second half. This basically makes them the 2012 Lions West, which seems ... actually, pretty fair.”
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated writes that the Chargers beat the Colts at their own game -- by keeping mistakes to minimum, controlling the clock, playing good defense and running the football.
Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports says that San Diego’s win shows the Chargers could be playoff worthy.
Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego hands out lots of good grades for the Chargers.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that San Diego’s embattled defense led the way.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego says the Chargers proved to be the tougher team.
Ricky Henne writing for Chargers.com says that San Diego’s running game broke out in a big way on Monday night.