The Indianapolis Colts will face the San Diego Chargers this weekend, and while the Chargers will present a tough test with Phillip Rivers and company, San Diego will be without two of their top playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
Last week, the Chargers lost top wideout Keenan Allen to a torn ACL, and then this week they lost dynamic running back Danny Woodhead to a torn ACL. That’s a really tough blow for San Diego’s offense, but it could be a break for the Colts defense.
It won’t be an easy matchup (as Phillip Rivers will be the best quarterback the Colts have faced yet this year), but with their struggles at corner Keenan Allen could have had a lot of success, while Woodhead would have presented an absolute matchup nightmare as a Theo Riddick-like receiving back.
Keenan Allen has caught 221 passes in 38 career games and has recorded 2,617 yards and 16 touchdowns, so that’s obviously a significant loss. As for Danny Woodhead, he’s played 37 games with the Chargers dating back to 2013 and has rushed for 919 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 3.9 yards per rush, also adding 167 receptions for 1,429 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s been their change-of-pace guy and will be hard to replace as well.
The Chargers did sign a player familiar to Colts fans to help their receiver position, however: they reached a deal with former Colts receiver Griff Whalen today. It’s unclear how much Whalen will play this weekend against the Colts, but at the very least he provides nice depth for San Diego in the wake of the injuries.