For the third time this season, nobody had any thought that the San Diego Chargers could win and they've come away with the victory. After an improbable home win against the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego returns to a .500 winning percentage with a 3-3 overall record.
The game plan in this win wasn't too different from the game plan in the Chargers' wins over the Cowboys and Eagles. San Diego avoided turning the ball over, dominated time of possession, and converted third down opportunities on offense while denying third down conversations on defense.
Philip Rivers had a great game. Keenan Allen is a star, and showed it under the big lights of Monday Night Football. Ryan Mathews looked like a reliable, workhorse running back. Danny Woodhead was used effectively, but not overused. The offensive coaches deserve a pat on the back for a tremendous gameplan and an offensive squad that is getting better as the season goes along.
However, nobody deserves more credit for this victory than John Pagano. Without a single pass-rusher to speak of on the roster, and missing his defensive captain and play-caller in Donald Butler, this defense was able to consistently shut down a very potent Colts offense. I'm still not entirely certain of how they were able to accomplish it, except to point out the stellar play of the Chargers defensive linemen and a secondary that looked greatly improved with the return of Shareece Wright. I guess it was his creativity, and deception, before the play that kept John Pagano one step ahead of his brother's team.
Soak in another great, improbable victory by Mike McCoy's Chargers. We'll be back with plenty of analysis tomorrow and through the early part of this week.