Tonight's Monday night clash is a big game for both teams, a win by San Diego keeps them just one game off the division lead, a Denver win means both teams are two games back. As usual San Diego seems to get better as the season progresses...they've won seven straight November games, maybe because Norv Turner's neck resembles that of a turkey.
Nobody really talks about the incredible season being had by Philip Rivers. He is on pace to break Dan Marino's single season yardage record and last week his biggest weapon was the immortal Seyi Ajirotutu. Analysts breathlessly extol the virtuous Peyton Manning and what he has accomplished this year with a bunch of injuries, but Manning's had Reggie Wayne to throw to every game this year. Rivers began the season without his top WR (Vincent Jackson), a rookie running back and some "high-potential" guys at the WR position (Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naannee).
Yes, he has the incomparable Antonio Gates, but he is now playing on one foot. Every week Rivers churns out fantastic games and breathes new life into the dead (you are welcome Randy McMichael). I know ESPN and NBC can't help themselves with the Manning love, but every week Rivers turns nobodies into fantasy darlings and that is why he is the top fantasy QB this year. He deserves all the accolades being lobbed toward Manning (who lost the game for his team last night with an atrocious throw and interception).
It is amazing that a November game between Rivers and Kyle Orton features the top two fantasy QBs. Orton was surprisingly solid last year, and he's only improved upon it this year. Brandon Lloyd, after multiple disappointing stops, is now a top flight wide receiver.
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With these two passing attacks, this looks like a complete shootout...but not so fast.
The Chargers are top three in fewest points allowed to opposing QBs and WRs and they always play better as the season moves along. Neither team has much of a running game, in fact, the Broncos are dead last (a bit deceiving as Knowshon Moreno has been banged up for most of the season).
That being said, the only teams to shut down the Broncos' passing game were the Jets and the Raiders (a wacky game that has to be discounted) and the Chargers aren't as good as the Jets. Maybe Orton doesn't have an all-time game, but 250 yards and a couple TDs seems to be a certainty.
I think this game will feature a lot of excitement and scoring. I know it might be difficult to tune into a game featuring two mediocre teams, but tune in tonight for no other reason than to watch Rivers turn another fantasy nobody into this week's must have waiver add.
Written by Chris Summers, exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com