It’s Christmastime and, still, Indianapolis has found a way to bring an element of mystery to this game.
The Colts will start Nick Foles, who has started only once since Nov. 16, 2020. A veteran quarterback with 69 games of experience, Foles has offered more than a glimpse of what he can do. But with him playing so little in recent years, there has to be some uncertainty.
“We’re going to need to be at our best because he has seen a lot, seen a lot of looks, knows that offense inside and out,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “We’re going to have to play at a high level.”
Foles replaces Matt Ryan, who has been benched twice this season, an indication of how little Indianapolis’ offense has done.
The Colts will be without running back Jonathan Taylor, who is out for the season because of a high-ankle sprain. The Chargers have played their two most complete games defensively back to back, setting up this opportunity against a reeling opponent.
Before scoring 36 points last weekend, Indianapolis averaged 15 during a seven-game stretch that netted a single victory. The Chargers have given up 31 points total in their last two games, dominating Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and mostly keeping in check Tennessee running back Derrick Henry.