Cots-Chargers: Halftime Report

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2009

This game has been as tough and well contested as everyone thought. 

The Chargers defense has done what they always do with Peyton Manning: move around a lot before the snap so that he has to think a little harder.  They have played a lot better as the game has gone on after getting run up and down the field in the first quarter by Manning and Co.

The Colts offense has been smooth and efficient.  Manning and offensive coordinator Tom Moore were thoroughly out-coaching Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.  Anthony Gonzales has been doing a phenomenal job in getting open and making the Chargers pay.  He had a spectacular 37-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter.

The special teams have been the real difference.  Both Chargers touchdowns came after Mike Scifres punts that pinned Indy inside the 20-yard line.  On the other hand, Colts punter Hunter Smith has shanked a couple in response, giving Philip Rivers and the Bolts offense a short field to work with.

Norv Turner's Chargers were being out smarted by the Colts, but they have made good adjustments and have kept the game close.