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The San Diego Chargers will win against the Indianapolis Colts

If the Chargers find a way to pull off the upset in Indianapolis against the Colts, these are three reasons why it happened.

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Chester Rogers, Quan Bray, and Devin Street

If you are anything like me, your first thought when reading those names was something similar to “Hey, I think I maybe recognize one of those names.” And if you immediately recognized them, I don’t envy how you spend your spare time. For the normal people out there, those three names are the depth at receiver the Colts have behind T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett now that Donte Moncrief is on the shelf. Those poor souls will be tasked with the unenviable challenge of trying to get open against Jason Verrett, Casey Hayward, and Brandon Flowers. This, as you might imagine, is a matchup that pretty solidly favors the Chargers. Both Hilton and Dorsett are quality receivers, but they’re not as strong as the wide receiver duo that the Jacksonville Jaguars rolled out in San Diego this past weekend.

Colts Run Defense

The Indianapolis Colts are just awful against the run. In fact, through two games, only the Chargers defense is worse at defending the run. The front seven is made up of names like Zach Kerr, David Parry, Kendall Langford, Erik Walden, D’Qwell Jackson, Sio Moore, and Robert Mathis. They are undersized and otherwise very unimpressive when trying to stop opposing running backs. The Chargers counter with an enormous, mauling offensive line that is led by Matt Slauson and Orlando Franklin, and rookie tight end Hunter Henry has been an excellent complement to that line. Melvin Gordon has been exceptional through two games. The Chargers can and should run all over this Colts defense.

Tyrell Williams & Travis Benjamin

There was a lot of concern when Keenan Allen was lost for the season that the offense would crumble without him on the field. Losing Danny Woodhead only made that concern bigger. In the long run, that lack of depth might hurt the offense’s ability to move the ball and put points on the board, but in the near term, the Chargers offense remains more than viable; it is explosive. The two primary reasons for that explosiveness are Williams and Benjamin. Both players are a threat to score on every play from anywhere on the field. I believe it was Mike Tomlin that coined the term “chunk-ability.” These two receivers give the Chargers that ability to pick up chunks of yards at any time and they will always give Philip Rivers and the offense at least a puncher’s chance.