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This is a very weird game. By name, it's the best of Week 12. But strangely, both of these teams are having off seasons and are in the same position.
The Chargers got off to a 2-5 start and looked like they were missing both LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie, who both left for the Jets in the offseason. But just like they always do, they've turned it around with a three-game winning streak to break even at 5-5.
The Chargers have put up great numbers offensively and defensively this season and it's really odd to see them at only .500. They're the best passing team and the best against the pass in the league. They're also great at stopping the run as the Chargers have the NFL's top ranked defense.
The only thing they've struggled at statistically this season is rushing and there's no coincidence with the loss of Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson although his performance decreased last season, leading to his exit.
Meanwhile, the Colts have had one of the worst seasons in the Peyton Manning era, yet they're still tied for first place. Last season through 10 games, they hadn't lost a game. This season through 10 games, they've lost four games.
Most of that is due to the injuries the Colts have suffered this season. Dallas Clark was lost for the season in Week 6 with a broken wrist, and Austin Collie has been battling a concussion and will not play in this game against the Chargers.
Therefore, two key receivers, including a tight end, will not be available for Manning this week.
Yet, Manning has still been able to work his magic and the Colts are second in the league in passing. The Chargers and Colts are the top two passing teams in the league and that should make for a shootout between Rivers and Manning.
In last week's win against the Patriots, Manning threw for nearly 400 yards as Reggie Wayne is leading the offensive in the air. He went for 107 yards last week and will have to team up with Pierre Garcon to help Manning make plays.
Is the Chargers top-ranked defense going to keep Manning in check, as the Colts have no running game, or will the Colts continue to find ways to win? Both teams need to win and if the Chargers don't, they may not make the playoffs.
Final score: Chargers 35, Colts 31