Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Andrew Luck on the sideline most of the night, giving the Indianapolis Colts quarterback no chance at another comeback.
Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night in San Diego.
Rivers methodically moved the Chargers (3-3) on three scoring drives of at least 74 yards as he rebounded from a three-interception performance in a dismal loss at Oakland.
That, and a lot of dropped passes by Colts receivers, kept Indianapolis (4-2) from taking a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.
A week earlier, Luck helped rally the Colts to a 34-28 victory against Seattle.
He had no chance against the Chargers because of two long drives in the second quarter that helped contribute to the Chargers dominating the time of possession 38 minutes 31 seconds to 21:29.
Allen got behind safety Delano Howell and cornerback Vontae Davis on a post route for the touchdown, completing a 12-play, 74-yard march that took 6:14 and gave San Diego a 7-3 lead.
It was Allen’s second touchdown catch of the season.
Novak’s first field goal capped a drive that went 79 yards in 17 plays in 7:58. The former Maryland place kicker also had field goals of 33, 34 and 50 yards, with the final one coming with 1:55 left. The Colts’ Adam Vinatieri finished with three field goals.
● COWBOYS: DeMarcus Ware could miss a game for the first time in his eight-year career.
DeMarco Murray isn’t saying.
The star pass rusher and starting running back both were injured in Sunday’s 31-16 win over Washington.
Ware went out in the first quarter with a strained right quadriceps muscle. Murray exited in the second quarter with an MCL sprain in his left knee.
The update from Coach Jason Garrett was the same it is every week with every player — Ware and Murray will be evaluated daily, and there is no timetable.
● PACKERS: Coach Mike McCarthy knew about the injuries suffered by wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones during Sunday’s victory at Baltimore.
But he didn’t learn until Monday morning that starting outside linebacker Nick Perry had suffered a foot injury that will sideline him at least for this week and likely longer.
McCarthy, as per his custom, would not divulge any specifics of the injuries.
Perry’s injury was termed a “foot” injury, Jones’s a “leg” injury and Cobb’s a “knee” injury.
He said Jones had a chance of playing Sunday against Cleveland at Lambeau Field, but he ruled Perry out and said Cobb would miss “multiple weeks” while refusing to elaborate.
● BILLS: Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to shore up its injury-depleted quarterback position.
A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills after spending the morning working out for General Manager Doug Whaley, Coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff.
The sixth-year NFL player is now on his third team since December; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Seattle this past offseason.
● RAIDERS: The worst game of Terrelle Pryor’s career won’t cost him his job as starting quarterback — now or anytime soon.
One day after Pryor threw three interceptions, including two in the final 41 / 2 minutes of a 24-7 loss to Kansas City, Raiders Coach Dennis Allen said he remains committed to the young quarterback and has no plans to change.
The 24-year-old struggled to get plays called on time, resulting in three delay-of-game penalties. He was also sacked 10 times and had a career-low rating of 45.7.
● JETS: Running back Mike Goodson posted on his Twitter page that he tore two ligaments in his left knee in New York’s 19-6 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Goodson said the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the knee were torn when he was trying to make a tackle on Lawrence Timmons’s game-sealing interception of Geno Smith in the fourth quarter.