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By Ernie Padaon

The Chargers’ early-week optimism that Jared Gaither could play Monday night appears to have decreased. Maybe today’s practice can change their mood.

The Chargers renew their rivalry with Manning on Monday night when the star quarterback brings the Denver Broncos to Qualcomm Stadium for an AFC West showdown.

Late in 2007, the Broncos were at one of their lowest ebbs. Their streak of seven consecutive years without a losing record was about to end — beginning a run of five straight losing seasons. They’d not only ceded the division to the Chargers, but they’d been eviscerated by a combined 64-6 margin in their two games that year.

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. –  Philip Rivers still yaps as much now on the field as he did when he first drew Champ Bailey’s ire five years ago. The difference now is that Bailey believes he’s earned the right.

When the Chargers and Broncos meet this Monday Night in San Diego, the AFC West lead will be on the line.

The Denver Broncos star defensive back said Thursday that he didn’t care for Rivers’ style in years past, especially when the signal-caller would talk trash to opposing defenses. Bailey’s negative impression stemmed from a 2007 game at Qualcomm Stadium, when Rivers and then-Denver quarterback Jay Cutler were at odds.

The Chargers offense is ranked 23rd, having only averaged 334.8 yards per game. It’s puzzling because coach Norv Turner is frequently credited as being an offensive genius and Philip Rivers is a marquee QB who has plenty of weapons to throw to. TE Antonio Gates attributes the low production to his teammates not being familiar with each other yet.

Ingram was penalized 15 yards on a play that wiped out an interception return for a touchdown that would have given the Chargers a 31-14 lead over the Saints in the second half. The Saints caught fire after the penalty and rallied to win, 31-24.

One of the biggest plays of Sunday night’s Chargers-Saints game came when Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception that Chargers linebacker Demorrio Williams returned for a touchdown — only to have the touchdown called back on a roughing the passer penalty on Melvin Ingram.