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Philip Rivers has his two starting wide receivers banged up, and Antonio Gates is out with foot problems once again—déjà vu anyone?
Rivers didn't have problems playing with third and fourth-stringers last year, and if need be he won't this season either.
While Rivers isn't having quite as good of a start to the season statistically as he did last year, his team is 3-1 and he is playing pretty well.
In the first four game of 2010, Rivers threw for 1328 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. This season, Rivers has put up 1286 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions, but in Week 5 Rivers might just have his best game yet.
The San Diego Chargers head east to play an away game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Broncos have given up 1156 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air to opposing quarterback, and Denver has only picked the ball off twice which bodes well for Rivers.
Quarterbacks have averaged 24 fantasy points per game against Denver this season (according to ESPN), but the 43 points Aaron Rodgers dropped on the team in Week 4 has somewhat skewed the Broncos' average.
If you have been disappointed with Rivers not being at the top of his game thus far, expect to be pleasantly surprised with his performance in Week 5.