Why Colts scare Chargers: They’ve blown massive leads however get them

The Chargers on Monday night time will make NFL historical past.

No group has performed an opponent that’s coming off a defeat during which it blew a 33-point lead.

That’s what Indianapolis did Saturday, going up 33-0 at halftime solely to lose at Minnesota 39-36 in time beyond regulation.

“You know that in the NFL, sometimes things happen,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley stated Thursday. “Every week in the NFL, something like that happens.”

Nicely, not each week. At the least not one thing reminiscent of a league-record 33-point collapse.

The Chargers will enter this weekend at 8-6 and sitting because the AFC’s sixth seed. However within the Colts, they are going to face a real wild-card group.

Two weeks earlier than crumbling towards the Vikings, Indianapolis trailed Dallas 21-19 within the fourth quarter earlier than surrendering 5 touchdowns in exactly 11 minutes.

To know how ridiculous of a turnaround that’s, contemplate that the Colts trailed by a security after which, lower than 1 / 4 later, misplaced by the third-widest margin — 54-19 — within the NFL this season.

“Things happen in this league,” Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox stated, talking of Indianapolis’ most up-to-date catastrophe. “Don’t forget, they were playing a good football team.”

True. Minnesota clinched the NFC North with its comeback victory over the Colts. So, in that respect, Indianapolis opened a 33-0 edge towards a division champion.

The Colts additionally gained at Las Vegas, the place the Chargers misplaced; beat Jacksonville, a group the Chargers misplaced to; and beat Kansas Metropolis, a group the Chargers misplaced to twice.

“This is the NFL,” Chargers defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day stated. “It doesn’t even matter what’s happened during a season. You can get humbled real quick.”

Additionally true, however Indianapolis is reeling. The Colts have dropped 4 in a row and 7 of eight.

They’re on their second head coach, Jeff Saturday changing the fired Frank Reich in early November.

Nick Foles will begin at quarterback for the Colts towards the Chargers on Monday night time.

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They simply misplaced working again Jonathan Taylor due to high-ankle sprain. They’re altering quarterbacks for the third time this season and can begin Nick Foles towards the Chargers.

Foles is a Tremendous Bowl champion and Tremendous Bowl MVP, profitable each with the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.

However he additionally has began one sport since Nov. 16, 2020. Over almost the final calendar yr, Foles has taken two snaps within the common season. He handed off each instances.

“You just know that he has a lot of experience,” Staley stated. “He has made a lot of winning plays, and you have full respect for what he has accomplished in the league. The reason why he has been in the league so long is because he is a quality player.”

The Chargers, who’re barely higher than a field-goal favourite Monday, management their postseason destiny. After visiting Indianapolis, they play the Rams (4-10) at SoFi Stadium and end the common season at Denver (4-10).

“I’m sure they’re disappointed from last week and will be wired to play,” Joseph-Day stated of the Colts. “That has to be our mindset too.”

No Joey Bosa but

The Chargers nonetheless have but to designate edge rusher Joey Bosa to return. He went on the injured reserve listing after having core-muscle surgical procedure. Bosa was harm in Week 3.

The Chargers have maintained all alongside that they anticipate him to make it again this season. As soon as a participant is designated to return, his group has 21 days to activate him.

The Chargers traded for veteran edge rusher Khalil Mack in March to pair with Bosa. Regardless of Bosa lacking the final 11 video games, Mack has performed nicely sufficient to earn his seventh profession Professional Bowl choice this week.

And many others.

Security Derwin James Jr. (quadriceps) returned to observe Thursday in a restricted capability. The three-time Professional Bowl participant has missed the final two video games. … Joseph-Day (knee) and cornerback Bryce Callahan (core muscle) additionally have been restricted. Each performed Sunday after being on the damage report final week.