October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Let me just start by saying HOLY MOLY! I cannot believe that we are headed into week six. It seems like it takes forever for football season to start and then it flies by and we are stuck waiting for football season to start again. I think Marty Shottenheimers “one game at a time” mantra is how I am living this season. The games are just going by way too fast, or not fast enough as was the case last week when the Chargers fell apart in the 4th at New Orleans. Okay, now that I have cried on your shoulder about the fact we are already almost half way through the season let’s talk about this weeks Chargers game.
It’s time for Monday Night Football! The Denver Broncos (2-3) are galloping into San Diego to face the Chargers (3-2) in a divisional match up that is a must win for both teams in this AFC West rivalry. That said, of course I expect the Chargers to win it and here’s why.
1. Monday Night Football at the Q. The Chargers have won nine of the last twelve meetings with the Broncos. Not just Monday night, mind you, but with this being a national game at home, the crowd at the Q will be loud and proud.
2. Peyton Manning is going to get picked as many times as when he was a Colt facing the Chargers. The Broncos are tied for 28th in the NFL with a minus-6 turnover differential. Since the Chargers have some sort of sixth sense when it comes to Manning, let’s see if the Broncos don’t head into last place in this stat. In nine games vs. the Bolts, Manning has a losing 4-5 record. In seven regular season games, he’s thrown for 12 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions, and his minus-4 TD-to-INT ratio is the worst against any single team in his career.
This looks to be the most exciting game of the week. Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning are very evenly matched and I expect this game to be a shootout. Look for both quarterbacks to gain 400+ yards. Also watch Ryan Mathews and Willis McGahee to be stacking up the yards as well. You will not have time to get a drink or take a snack break until halftime or you might miss some action!
The Chargers need to watch out for the second half. For some unknown reason the Bolts have been taking their foot off the gas in the second half. This is when Peyton Manning and the Broncos are in high gear and making things happen. Not an ideal situation.
This weeks Twitter – #DNvsSD