“I do like playing them,” said Rivers, whose 117.1 passer rating in eight games against Denver is his highest among teams he’s faced more than twice. “All the division games seem like rivalries, but this one … Maybe it’s because they have happened to be the team we’re battling to win the division every year.”
Philip Rivers is one of the most accomplished players at his position never to have played in a Super Bowl, much less won one. The league’s leading passer is enjoying a potential season for the ages, and the most valuable player award is within his grasp.
Seven games remain in the season — which is the first thing Antonio Garay reminds someone who compliments his performance thus far — but so far the Chargers are getting it done against the run.
Despite a modest, two-game winning streak, the San Diego Chargers are still stuck below .500, at 4-5. But they are only one game off the lead in the AFC West, the only third-place team in the conference to sport a losing record and yet be so close to the top division perch. And this is their time of year.
Antonio Gates is getting frustrated with the torn plantar fascia in his right foot that could sideline him for a second straight game.
Being the veterans’ veteran, Jamal Williams handled the transition from the Chargers to the Denver Broncos without much difficulty or excessive emotionalism, if any at all. He simply donned a different color jersey and darker helmet, learned the difference in terminology and went back to hitting the guy directly across from him.