Again, Something Always Happens When the Colts Face the Chargers (Preview)

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJanuary 1, 2009

It wasn't long ago.

Not long ago at all since the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the San Diego Chargers.

It was Week 12 of the 2008 NFL Season (Happy New Year by the way) when the Colts, led by Peyton Manning, marched down the field to kick a game-winning field goal.

Another interesting game for sure. But then again, I usually recall something interesting happening when these two teams meet.

Yes, this article might be seeming all to familiar. That's probably because I've touched on this subject many times before...

But this is the 2008 postseason and I'm hoping for more than a good quality close game. Truth be told, I'm dead sick of facing the San Diego Chargers.

First of all, we're 12-4 (and already beat them) and they're 8-8, yet we have to leave Indianapolis to go to San Diego again?

Great job NFL traditionalists. Considering I've always thought that the seeding system is supposed to give a fair advantage to the teams that earned it in the regular season, you're doing a fantastic job of making the entire playoff seeding system look stupid.

But all the complaining in the world is not going to change the fact that it's time for my Colts to fly out to San Diego, again.

Our recent history with these Chargers often seems memorable. In 2004, Peyton Manning broke Dan Marino's single-season touchdown record. In 2005, they ended our 13-0 quest for perfection.

In 2007, they intercepted Peyton Manning six times in one game then ended our playoff run prematurely later in the postseason.

Yeah, well, I say enough is enough of that. Despite being sick of facing these guys (which at least I have enough courage to say out loud) all too often, I respect them.

Despite finishing the regular season at .500 and despite already losing to Peyton Manning and Adam Vinatieri's last-minute heroics, they are still a dangerous team.

Highly underrated in my opinion, that's why I wasn't shocked to see them winning games down the final stretch of the regular season.

Philip Rivers deserves to be going to the Pro Bowl, more so than Jay Cutler and far more than Brett Favre. He's having an MVP-caliber season and deserves a lot of credit.

LaDainian Tomlinson is still the best running back in Pro Football. Just because he's a few hundred yards lower than his usual numbers cannot overwrite a decade of dominance.

The Chargers defense can make players, even "The Great" Peyton Manning look vulnerable.

Like I said, I do respect this team.

Although I'd love to see a blowout here, I expect to see a close game. As of now the Colts are only one-point favorites and if victory does come out of this, it won't be easy.