SAN DIEGO (1-1) at INDIANAPOLIS (0-2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - Colts by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 2-0, Indianapolis 0-2
SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 18-10
LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Colts 19-9, Oct. 14, 2013
LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Jaguars 38-14; Colts lost to Broncos 34-20
AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 20, Colts (tie) No. 27
CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (3), PASS (25).
CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23T), RUSH (7), PASS (29).
COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (22), PASS (14).
COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (25).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers have won six of last seven in series, including three straight, and 12-3 all-time vs. Colts on road. ... San Diego opened season with back-to-back games of 150 yards rushing or more and will try to make it three in row for first time since final three games of 2006. ... Chargers' defense looking to open season with three straight games with interception for first time since 2009 and trying to hold first three opponents to 83 yards rushing or fewer for first time since 1992. ... San Diego has allowed 10 total points through first three quarters last two weeks. ... After throwing four TD passes last week, QB Phillip Rivers needs four more to tie John Unitas (290) for No. 10 all-time. ... Rivers is expected to extend starts streak to 163, second in league behind Giants' Eli Manning (185). ... RB Melvin Gordon trying to follow first career 100-yard game vs. NFL's fourth-worst run defense. ... Inside linebacker Manti Te'o will return to Indiana for first time since playing college football at Notre Dame. ... WR Travis Benjamin is tied for fourth in AFC with 13 receptions. ... Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano are brothers. ... Tom Telesco played key role with Colts before becoming Chargers GM, and recently signed receiver Griff Whalen spent first four seasons with Colts after being Andrew Luck's teammate at Stanford. ... Colts followed 0-2 start last year with three straight wins, and 0-2 start in 2014 with five straight wins. ... Indy last went 0-3 in 2011 and only other 0-3 start since Peyton Manning was drafted came in 1998, when 0-4 Colts beat Chargers for Manning's first NFL win. ... RB Frank Gore needs 101 yards to pass Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (12,243) for No. 12 on NFL's career list, 104 to pass Edgerrin James (12,246) for No. 11, and 137 to pass Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (12,279) for No. 10, but Indy has gone 52 consecutive games without 100-yard rusher. ... Gore also needs one rushing TD to tie former Chargers RB Chuck Muncie (71) for No. 28 in league history. ... WR T.Y. Hilton needs seven catches for 300 and 11 receptions to pass Jimmy Orr (303) for No. 10 in franchise history. ... Colts will be without WR Donte Moncrief (fractured shoulder blade) for four to six weeks. ... K Adam Vinatieri has made 29 consecutive field goals. Fantasy Tip: Rivers has had some big games against Colts in past, and even if defense is healthier Sunday, they haven't played together yet. Expect Rivers to take advantage of those problems and have big day.
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