The San Diego Chargers will play the Denver Broncos this weekend in San Diego making use of their season on the line, and if they hope to increase their season, Philip Rivers is going to have to keep his late-season heroics and carry the Chargers to victory.
Over the course of his career, Rivers is 30-8 in the month of December while throwing for 67 touchdowns and only 21 interceptions. He also offers a successful record against the Broncos, going 10-8 with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. When both teams played earlier in 2010, Rivers had a good game, throwing for 252 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions because the Chargers fell to the Broncos 35-21.
The Broncos have the second-ranked rush defense in the NFL, allowing only 72.8 yards per game on the ground. Add to that the real possibility that Ryan Mathews might miss the overall game as a result of an ankle injury, and the burden on Rivers becomes a lot more clear.
How you can beat the Broncos is through the air. They are 14th in the league against the pass, allowing 238.2 passing yards per game, but they’re tied for sixth-worst in allowing 25 passing touchdowns. If Rivers can stay upright, which might end up being difficult because the Broncos are tied for third in the league with 38 sacks, he should have the ability to find open receivers and move the chains.
With backup running backs going against a high run defense, the Chargers don’t have any hope. Their only possiblity to pull off an upset in San Diego is for Rivers to air it out against the Broncos’secondary and hope he can continue his magical run in December.