The Chargers are in Indianapolis to take on the Colts in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs. The winner will head to New England for the AFC Championship.
Injuries: The Colts should be at or near full strength for the first time in about three months. Marvin Harrison is set to return to the lineup. His return might be key the taking the Indy Offense from good to great. Also set to return are Robert Mathis, Raheem Brock, Ryan Diem, and Antione Bethea. The Chargers figure to be without All-Pro TE, Antonio Gates.
Weather: None. It’s in a dome. For the last time.
Prediction: The Colts are 16-1 in meaningful games at the RCA Dome over the past two seasons. The home crowd figures to give the dome an emotional send off. How loud will it be? I shudder to think. When you add to that Marvin’s return and the challange that awaits in New England, I think you’ll see everyone at the top of their game. I think the Chargers may have some early success because that has been a recent trend, but the defense will settle down (much as they eventually did against Pittsburgh in 2005). The offense will benefit from having both tackles healthy. This means Charlie Johnson should be nowhere in sight. Colts 31 – Chargers 21.