Indianapolis Colts Looking To End San Diego Chargers' Dominance Over AFC South

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Indianapolis Colts Looking To End San Diego Chargers' Dominance Over AFC South
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This Sunday night the San Diego Chargers will attempt to continue their mastery of the AFC South. Understandably the Indianapolis Colts have been under the most scrutiny for their repeated flops against the Chargers, but the rest of the AFC South is a dismal 1-11 against the Bolts since 2004.

The bad news for the Bolts is that they've gone 3-1 against the South in years that they've played against the entire division. They are 3-0 in that department this season, so they'll need to buck that trend if they are going to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West division lead.

The Colts are the only one of the four southern most AFC squads to not suffer an recent blowout loss to the Chargers, with five of the last six games between the two teams being settled by a six points or less. The lone exception was San Diego's first win during the current streak: a 29-17 stunner that derailed the Colts' 13-0 season.

The Chargers have been just as lucky, running up a 4-2 record against the Colts since their breakout 2004 season. The most stunning stroke of luck was the 2008 postseason triumph in which linebacker Tim Dobbins shifted into a pass-rushing position just as Manning looked away from that side of the field. The unblocked Dobbins drilled Manning before he could fire off a game-sealing completion to a wide-open receiver. The mishap allowed the Chargers to score, force overtime and steal a game they had no business winning.

Both Rivers and Manning have been extremely pedestrian against one another. Rivers has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions in his four games against the Colts while going 3-1. Manning has thrown 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his last six games against the Bolts, going 2-4.

Contrary to what you may have heard, the Chargers do not own Peyton Manning. His record is now 4-4 against San Diego including the playoffs, though at one point he was a sterling 3-0. Manning's regular-season record against the Chargers is 4-2.

Chargers Opponent Team Result Year
38 13 Jaguars win 2010
33 25 Titans win 2010
29 23 Texans win 2010
42 17 Titans win 2009
20 23 Colts loss 2008
23 17 Colts win 2008
35 10 Texans win 2007
17 24 Jaguars loss 2007
23 17 Titans win 2007
23 21 Colts win 2007
17 6 Titans win 2007
28 24 Colts win 2007
40 17 Titans win 2006
26 17 Colts win 2005
27 20 Texans win 2004
38 17 Titans win 2004
34 21 Jaguars win 2004
31 34 Colts loss 2004
Points For Points Against

Win/Loss since '04 vs AFC South
486 346


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