SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers have Peyton Manning’s number, and it’s not 18.
What matters: This is a battle for first place in the AFC West. If the Chargers win, they will have a two-game lead. San Diego will also own the first four playoff tiebreakers. Both teams finished last season 8-8, and the Broncos won the division because of tiebreakers. If the Broncos win, both teams will be 3-3, but Denver will be in first place because it will own the first tiebreaker, which is record in head-to-head games. It would also put tremendous pressure on San Diego to win in Week 11 in Denver, where it has historically played poorly.
Harris ensured an NFL trial by fire. He fared well in some moments, poorly in others during the season’s first three weeks. Gaither returned in time for the Sept. 30 game against Kansas City, and the Chargers hoped it would be for good. But he injured his groin late Sunday at New Orleans, and will miss Monday’s game against the Denver Broncos.