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Numbers add up quickly

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_notes_15.18077cbc.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise
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    By Jim Alexander

    SAN DIEGO - The speed on offense is obvious.

    The Indianapolis Colts have a unit tailored to the artificial turf of the RCA Dome, a fast-break style of attack that features a quick tempo, quick decision-making by Peyton Manning and quick guys taking the handoffs and catching the passes.

    But speed can be a killer defensively, too.

    "You see it on film -- they're flying around, making a bunch of plays," Chargers quarterback Drew Brees said of Sunday's opponent.

    "They do a few things and do them very well. They rely on running up and tackling the guy who runs with the ball, or making you throw underneath and then running up and tackling the guy who catches it. They're hoping you can make a mistake and they can get their offense back on the field."

    In addition to outscoring their opponents by 212 points, the Colts are a plus-11 in turnover ratio, tied for third in the league behind Cincinnati (plus-24) and Denver (plus-18). Indianapolis' defense is fourth overall, seventh against the rush (96.5) and ninth against the pass (189.3), but second in points allowed, third in sacks and fourth in first downs allowed.

    Can You Stop This?

    Meanwhile, linebacker Donnie Edwards and his unit have been watching the horror film that is the Indianapolis offense. The Colts are only third in total offense (behind Kansas City and Seattle), but first in yards per play, first downs, points per game and sacks allowed (only 12 in 13 games).

    The secret is familiarity.

    "Those three (quarterback Manning, running back Edgerrin James and wideout Marvin Harrison) have been together seven or eight years, same scheme, same offense," Edwards said. "That means something. You have a relationship with each other and you know what to expect. That's why they're so effective."

    The Full Treatment

    The Colts have clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but the Colts' chase of history made Coach Tony Dungy's decision tougher when it comes to how much he can rest his key players.

    "There will probably come a time when we do," Dungy said on a conference call interview Wednesday, "but this being an AFC game against San Diego, a team that came in here and really gave us all we could handle last year, this is a game we have to come out and play strong and play to win. Then we'll see what happens down the road."

    Roster Move

    San Diego cut second-year tight end Landon Trusty and signed defensive tackle Ryon Bingham off its practice squad.

    Bingham is a second-year player from Nebraska.
     

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