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Mano A Mano: Gonzalez vs. Cason

WR Anthony Gonzalez (Nick Laham/Getty)

Conventional wisdom has said you can beat San Diego by passing the football. That was definitely true throughout the first part of the season. San Diego has ranked near the bottom all season in pass defense. So the pass-happy Colts and their Hall of Fame quarterback should have a field day against an underperforming Chargers secondary, right? Maybe, maybe not.

Coordinator Ron Rivera took over a defense that ranked last in the league against the pass when he replaced Ted Cottrell in Week 10. Recently, though, things have started to look up. Over the last three games, the Chargers have allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards in the league (178.6 per game), have more interceptions (six) than any team and have given up just three passing touchdowns. Over...

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