Week 10's visit to San Diego will mark the beginning of a four-game stretch that will dictate Denver's seeding in the playoffs. Over the next four weeks, the Broncos will play three road games—including one in Kansas City and New England—as the Broncos look to gain home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
However, the Broncos' first test in that four-game stretch comes against the Chargers. Many are overlooking this game due to the Broncos' impending matchup with the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) in Week 11—however, the Chargers are not a team that should be overlooked.
Three of San Diego's four losses came down to the wire—two occurred where San Diego lost a lead or a tie with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, while their most recent loss versus the Washington Redskins, came in overtime after the Chargers failed to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter from less than a yard out on three consecutive plays at the goal line.
As most know, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is having a historic season. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is also having a historic season of his own.
Rivers' completion percentage of 72.2 ranks as the best in the NFL—in fact, it would rank as the greatest single-season mark in NFL history if the season ended today.
Both AFC West teams are playing for something; the Broncos are playing in hopes of keeping pace with the Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, while the Chargers are hoping to grab a victory to keep pace with the New York Jets (5-4) for the last wild-card spot in the AFC.
What are some of the storylines entering this AFC West battle?