3 San Diego Chargers to Watch on Monday

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) claps during warm-ups before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Why do the San Diego Chargers have to close out the opening week? I love Monday Night Football and everything, but the anticipation for the game is killer!

While we wait and watch everyone else under the sun play their games on Sunday, we will sit and look at some of the playmakers that could step up on Monday. Here are three players that I expect to make an impact in the game.

Keenan Allen

Allen will be up against some of the best corners in the game, but I think that he lives for these challenges. I think he is still on a mission to prove some things. Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie will be able to matchup with the size and athleticism, but that doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Allen on offense. I expect Allen to open up the season with a big time game. This will be his first season opener that he gets to be a part of.

Eric Weddle

I expect the Chargers to bring the pressure on Carson Palmer and expect there to be a few ducks for the Chargers secondary to get their hands on a few of them. Weddle will be wandering around in the secondary looking to track some of the balls down. With the possibility of Ellington sitting on the sideline, it could allow Weddle to sit back and wait for balls to come in his direction.

Philip Rivers

I went with the 3 best players on the Chargers roster in the first game of the year. There is reason for that. On road matchups, teams need their superstars to step up and save the day. They are the players that will carry the team to victory. I think that Philip Rivers is hungry this season. Hungrier than normal. The Chargers still are not getting a ton of respect and Philip Rivers wants to shoulder the load and take this team on a nice run.