Just as the San Diego Chargers corners are going to be tested in the first game of the year, the Chargers receivers will also have a tough matchup in the first game of the year. Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd will have to battle it out with Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson on Monday Night.
Allen showed that he can be one of the top receivers in the game. Floyd has a great chemistry with Philip Rivers and showed the potential to be a top receiver in the game as well. Both are big targets that can get open quickly. They will be facing off against some of the best on Monday. We will see who wins the battle.
Even if the receivers fail to get open, Philip Rivers will be looking to dump the ball off to his other options. There are a lot of options for Rivers on offense and he will take the easy connection when he can. He is looking to move the chains and looking to march the ball down the field.
Allen and Floyd might get some tight coverage on Monday, but I am not sure if the Cardinals will be able to cover all the Chargers options in the passing game. Eddie Royal can break free in the slot, Antonio Gates usually wins battles against linebackers, Danny Woodhead is always a tough cover. There will be players for Philip Rivers to get the ball to. Even if the Cards lock down the outside, there will be open players somewhere else.