NFL Predictions: San Diego at Indianapolis

When did Philip Rivers become such a hothead? Whether it’s directed at Jay Cutler or the Raiders’ Black Hole, Rivers likes to talk a lot of trash.

Apparently this is not a new development, maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention to Rivers.

While driving back home from Disneyland after Christmas, I checked out the Chargers/Raiders game on a San Diego radio station. Rivers was jawing with the Black Hole for whatever reason, and the announcers sounded like they feared for poor Philip’s life.

I’m paraphrasing, but the dialogue was like this:

Chargers’ play-by-play guy: “I know Philip Rivers, and I love the guy – he’s a great kid. But he needs to shut his mouth here.”

Chargers’ color commentator: “Oh boy, Philip better be careful, these fans are never going to forget this. He’s only making it harder on himself.”

It was great, like a tee-ball team where one of the coach’s sons just charged the mound. I was surprised neither announcer cracked and called Rivers a little hellion or a rascal.

I can’t even remember the last time I saw a quarterback talk smack to an entire section of the crowd, and Rivers decided to taunt the worst possible section in the NFL – and the announcers knew it. The Black Hole consists of people who take the time to dress in spikes and paint their entire craniums silver and black. They show up to the Coliseum to tailgate at around 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, you think they won’t take the time to find out where the Chargers’ team bus is after the game to get back at Rivers?

Luckily for Mr. Mouthy he made it out of Oaktown unscathed, but he won’t leave Indianapolis without some bruises, even without Dwight Freeney to worry about.

The Colts not only have had two weeks to rest and prepare, they’re getting Marvin Harrison back. And the Colts are looking to avenge a cheap 23-21 loss in San Diego. And the Chargers are facing a loud RCA Dome crowd under the steadying hand of Norvell Turner. And it’s Peyton Manning vs. Philip Rivers for God’s sake.

I could go on and on, but the main point is this: the Colts will play the Pats, the one game that has been inevitable since last year’s AFC Championship Game. If Rivers wants to talk trash next weekend, it will have to be directed to someone in his own house.

Prediction: Indianapolis 28, San Diego 15

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