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Is there a quarterback in the league who Broncos fans dislike more than San Diego signal caller Phillip Rivers? (Okay, maybe one. More on that later.)
Rivers' trash talking certainly hasn't endeared him to the Denver masses. Of course, his 8-3 record against the Broncos as a starter hasn't helped either.
Rivers will return to Denver in Week 5 without speedster Darren Sproles for the first time, but the Chargers return Rivers' favorite targets Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. Running backs Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert should again get most of the carries.
The Chargers also picked up inside linebacker Takeo Spikes, who leaves the 49ers in hopes of further strengthening an improved Chargers defense.
San Diego is looking to rebound from missing the playoffs last season. The Chargers are notoriously slow starters; Denver may be hosting them at the right time to steal a win.
A win here would give this group some much needed confidence.