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.
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