The Indianapolis Colts were expected to be one of the league's best teams last season, but they fell completely flat. Andrew Luck was bad, and then he was hurt, and the rest of the team fell apart. This season, with Luck healthy, they were expected to be better.
That hasn't exactly been the case. Luck still isn't healthy, but he is playing much better than he was a season ago. The problem is that the Colts around him are doing very little to actually help him. The Colts have allowed a league-worst 73 points over the first two weeks, and expecting Luck to pull the team up on his own and out-produce those numbers is folly.
Luck is dealing with soreness in his shoulders, and it certainly didn't help that he was sacked five times in a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos. But Luck plans to play, and that's a great sign because he's been playing well. He's thrown five touchdowns against just one interception, and the Chargers aren't known for playing great defense.
But the Chargers do at least own a win this season, which is more than the Colts can say. That win came in a dominant performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. It was a win they sorely needed after they blew a three-possession lead against the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.
The Chargers' offense has been solid, putting up a total of 65 points in two games. The Chiefs beat them by six points, while they dominated the Jaguars, 38-14.
San Diego looks like a good team this year, but they continue to be decimated by injuries. Star receiver Keenan Allen sustained a torn ACL in Week 1 and was lost for the season. Running back Danny Woodhead, who looked good in the first two games, has a similar injury and is also out for the remainder of the season.
Finally, tight end Antonio Gates, the most prolific receiver the team has had over the past several years, is listed as doubtful on the injury report with a hamstring injury. It will likely be a chance for the Chargers to see what they have in rookie tight end Hunter Henry, but it's still a big blow to the offense, even with Gates slowing down with age.
Melvin Gordon will be the player to watch on Sunday. He's just looking for a breakout game after putting up 102 yards, his first 100-plus game ever, against the Jaguars. The Colts have one of the league's worst run defenses, ranking 29th in the league through two weeks.
Sunday's game will be among those played in the afternoon, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on television via CBS, with a live stream available via an online Sunday Ticket subscription. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon will serve as the announcers for the contest.
Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's game.
How to Watch Chargers vs. Colts on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket