A banged up team goes out on the road to face an opponent that may face a must win type of game even though the schedule is only in week 3. The San Diego Chargers take to the road where they battle the winless Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 pm ET from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game has regional television coverage provided by CBS. According to the most recent odds, the Colts are a slim 1 point favorite at home with the over/under set at 51 points.
Chargers vs. Colts Vegas Betting Preview
San Diego bounced back from their week 1 meltdown by trouncing the Jaguars 38-14 at home last week. Indianapolis fell to 0-2 after a 34-20 road loss to the Broncos last week. This is the 26th all-time regular season meeting between the teams. San Diego holds a 16-9 advantage in the series. The Chargers won three straight and six of the last seven meetings. That includes a 19-9 win on October 14, 2013 in the last meeting.
Free Pick and Point Spread Prediction: Chargers +1
San Diego jumped all over Jacksonville last week and put the boots to the Jaguars. Despite the win, the Chargers took another blow as Danny Woodhead was lost for the year with a torn ACL. That came after star receiver Keenan Allen was lost with the same injury in the season opener against the Chiefs. San Diego will miss Woodhead’s versatility. The Chargers are 3rd in the league with 152.5 yards per game on the ground as Melvin Gordon is showing the form that made him a 2,000 yard plus rusher at Wisconsin. Philip Rivers is averaging just 220 yards per game but San Diego has the ability to throw on the Colts. Indianapolis has given up an average of 299 yards per game through the air as QBs hit 73.6 percent of their throws. Last week, the Colts had five defensive backs injured or out.
Indianapolis couldn’t make the plays last week against the Broncos at critical times. The Colts were within three with four minutes to go but gave up 11 points in nine seconds to lose by double digits. Indianapolis gave up a pair of defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Andrew Luck completed 59.8 percent of his throws the first two weeks but he averages just 6.7 yards per attempt. In addition, he’s been sacked seven times. The line needs better blocking to give Luck time to throw and for Frank Gore to run for positive yards. If Luck stays upright, he has a shot at being successful in this one. San Diego has allowed an average of 324.5 yards per game through the air. The Chargers allow a 66.3 percent completion rate but they do have five sacks plus three interceptions.
Rivers has owned the Colts in his career, posting a 5-1 record against Indianapolis. The Colts are in dire straits as far as their secondary goes. Even with the Chargers missing multiple weapons (and it seems like Antonio Gates won’t play this week either), San Diego is dangerous offensively. Jacksonville found that out last week. As long as Rivers is on the field to run the offense, the Chargers have a pulse. Luck is solid and he has options in the passing game. The Colts need to get healthy in the secondary in order to stop opposing teams. Until the Colts prove they can stop an opponent, it’s tough to like them with any consistency. Take the point and the visitors. For more free NFL picks from week 3, check here for the schedule and previews!
San Diego is 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC. Indianapolis is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September.