The two meetings between AFC West rivals San Diego and Denver will likely decide who wins the division.
Tom Brady picked apart Denver’s pass defense last week. While he did not put up huge numbers, Brady was able to complete 23 passes, mostly for short yardage.
This is the type of play that Phillip Rivers has perfected throughout his career.
In their loss against the New Orleans Saints, the Chargers brought out several newly-designed screen plays to Ryan Matthews, Ronnie Brown and Eddie Royal.
If Rivers can hang in the pocket long enough, these screen plays and short routes should pay huge dividends against the Broncos.
The Chargers can draw one positive from their recent loss in New Orleans: the offensive scheme is much more creative than last season. Instead of an off-tackle run on every first down, offensive coordinator John Pagano is trying new things.
With Pagano’s new schemes opening up more options, look for Rivers to find receivers in the end zone at least twice.