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Where do the Chargers & Colts go now?

San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers probably weren’t on many lists making the AFC Divisional round his year, so hats off to them for the accomplishment.  Unfortunately for them, they took a loss at the hands of the Denver Broncos this past weekend.

Offensive Notables:

  • Ranked 5th in NFL with 399.3 Yds/G
  • Philip Rivers ranked 5th in NFL with a total of 4,478 passing yards
  • Philip Rivers tied for 5th in NFL with 32 passing TDs, and tied for 7th in NFL with the fewest INT’s at 11
  • Ryan Matthews ranked 7th in the NFL with 1,255 rushing yards
  • Antonio Gates ranked 4th in rec. , and 3rd in total yards amongst TEs.

Defensive Notables:

  • Allowed 366.5 Yds/G, 10th most
  • Allowed 4,139 passing yds, 4th most
  • Tied for 5th with the fewest INTs (11)
  • Tied for 9th with the fewest Sacks (35)

Moving Forward: The Chargers should immediately address the needs of their defense, especially in the areas of their secondary and defensive line.  With today’s NFL being much more of a passing league, CBs have a high value in keeping teams in the playoffs.  

Indianapolis Colts

Although they won’t be playing in the Super Bowl this season, the Indianapolis Colts had a good season.  The Colts went 11-5 during the regular season and suffered a divisional round playoff loss at the hands of the New England Patriots.  It’s obvious that they’re a really good team and a couple off-season moves from being great.

Offense

  • T.Y. Hilton undoubtedly has established himself as a play maker this season but still has a couple strides to make before becoming a solid number one WR option.
  • The loss of Reggie Wayne on the field could have easily made the difference this post-season for the Colts, but with Wayne already in his 11th season, it’s uncertain how high he’s going to be able to keep a high level of play.
  • What is going on with Trent Richardson?  When Trent was traded earlier this year, the move looked good for the Colts and Browns.  Since putting on a Colts uniform Richardson struggled and lost his starting job to Donald Brown.  With Brown possibly headed for free agency, Richardson’s future becomes that much more gray.

Defense

  • The Colts defense gave up the 7th most yards on the ground this season, and the 13th fewest yards in the air.
  • Vontae Davis may be a free agent by the end of the season if he and the front office can’t come to an agreement.  And while his play is far from consistent, the Colts can’t afford to let him go.
  • Antoine Bethea could also be a free agent by season’s end and it’s still uncertain what the Colts will do.  Unfortunately for the Colts this resigning is more about budget and not about performance.  Bethea ranked 5th in tackles amongst DBs.

Moving Forward: The Colts need to spend the off-season beefing up their defense.  The secondary was a high point in their defense and they should invest in keeping Davis or Bethea or both.  Linebackers are the priority.  Indianapolis should keep an eye on Orakpo, Beason, and Spikes.  Colts can’t do much about their rushing attack right now, so look to see if they make a move to acquire wide-receivers.  

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