Bolts Vs. Colts, Round VII


“[Peyton Manning] sees lightning bolts in his nightmares.” ~Bob Costas

One way or another, I'm gonna find ya, I'm gonna getcha...

I know a few weeks ago I wrote about how I was never going to watch the NFL again, how football was a waste of my time, etc., ad nauseum. That was then, when the Chargers were a measly 2-5. Now, I stand corrected…at least for a little while.

There’s something about the Bolts that always wants to save the best for last. Like a late-running racehorse, they simply do their best work down the stretch. And quarterback Philip Rivers has never lost a regular season game in the month of December.

Every team has another team whom they find impossible to beat. For the Chargers, unfortunately, it’s the New York Jets, who have ended their playoff runs twice. The Chargers give the Indianapolis Colts fits and starts. I’m not sure why this is other than perhaps a lingering psychological effect. If you remember this day

at all, back from 2004, you remember that the Chargers have every right to have a lasting vendetta against anything with a Manning surname. The Chargers were too much of a remote outpost for the highbrow Mannings and, although both brothers Manning have since won a Super Bowl, the Chargers haven’t exactly been the Bills or Browns. Five straight division titles and an AFC Championship game berth.

And there’s this guy, who took the place of Eli Manning,

There's at least one River(s) in Indianapolis

He may not have the immaculate pedigree of the Mannings, or the most genteel of manners, but he clearly enjoys every minute of every game and has evolved into a strong leader. He’s also arguably the leading candidate for MVP of the league this year.

And he continues to own the Colts.

Last night’s win was not a necessarily strong outing for Rivers (185 yards passing, no touchdowns,) but he made no critical errors and the defense carried the day with two Pick Sixes and a constant barrage of pressure on Manning. The Colts may have been wounded…but they were playing at home, and the Chargers were equally wounded (no Ryan Matthews, a hobbled Antonio Gates). It was a game the Colts were favored to win, but it wound up being Peyton’s worst-ever home loss.

In the end, it’s just one game. The Chargers and Colts both find themselves at 6-5 with a lot of injuries and still a lot of questions to answer. The homestretch looms, and only one of them may make the playoffs if at all. Back to the drawing board.

Knowing that, I’d much rather have history on my side with Rivers and his unstoppable record in December. The Chargers may be looking at another division title. Time will tell.

In the meantime, Peyton Manning continues to ask why he can’t beat the Chargers.

The Chargers need to look in the mirror and ask the same question about the Jets.

Let’s go, Chargers!

All the way in 2010!

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on November 29, 2010.

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