Ben on the Bolts: Colts vs. Chargers
Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers elludes the tackles of Greg Toller #28 and Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts late in the 4th quarter.
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Time once again for my Chargers "3 Questions" blog ... a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Colts vs. Chargers edition:
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QUESTION ANSWERED: Do the Chargers really have the worst defense in the league? Apparently not. Statistically, the Bolts were at the bottom of the pack before last night, but we have to look at this unit in a new light after they kept Andrew Luck and the Colts out of the endzone. The Chargers don't have the best personnel in the league, but if they can succeed on 3rd down (Colts converted just 2 of 10 chances), the defense is good enough to win some games.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: Can the Chargers find the consistency they'll need to be a playoff contender? One theme many players stressed in the locker rrom last night was that the Chargers can't continue to alternate wins and losses. They need to string together some victories if they want to make something out of the 2013 season. Well, they've got a great opportunity to do so now, with a game at winless Jacksonville on Sunday, followed by a bye week, followed by a trip to face 1-win Washington. Now's the time, gentlemen.
QUESTION CREATED: Who will end up being Tom Telesco's best 2013 draft pick? D.J. Fluker played a great game on the right side of the line, taking his turns blocking scary Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis, protecting Philip Rivers, and opening up holes for Ryan Mathews. In just his 3rd-ever game, Manti Te'o wore the radio helmet and called the signals for a Chargers defense that had its best game of the season. But it's Keenan Allen who is really opening up some eyes. The 3rd round pick from Cal had his second straight 100-yard receiving game, something no Chargers rookie has done since 1960. He's well ahead of where Vincent Jackson was at this point in his career. The sky's the limit right now for Keenan.
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