The San Diego Chargers' passing attack has been depleted by injuries.
However, Vincent Jackson will not be sidelined for this week's game against Miami, and the Chargers just got an important boost.
Rivers may still have a solid day because he is an elite quarterback and it will help if he gets one of his best receivers back, but a lot more of his game against the Dolphins will be about handing the ball off to Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert.
Another thing that is not going right for the Chargers is that Ryan Mathews, their first string running back, is also a bit banged up. Mathews missed practice this week, yet he will be asked to carry the offensive load.
Does this mean the Chargers are prepared to be upset?
Well, it may appear that way with all the injuries, and their offense being so depleted.
Tony Sparano will absolutely hope so. He needs to save his job, and winning against the Chargers may get him the nod that he needs from management.
The Chargers will pull the win off, because even though their offensive may seem depleted, Vincent Jackson's status boosted it.
The Dolphins looked great against the New England Patriots, but since then they have fallen off. Their passing game that looked so great in that Week 1 performance has not come back around.
The Chargers' defense will ultimately be too much for the failing Dolphins, and that weakened offensive side will still come out on top.
Rivers will command the game perfectly down the stretch, utilizing Vincent Jackson and his backfield to pull off a scrappy win.