Posted Wed Nov 18th by Monty
Streak: Won 4
Series vs. Denver: Broncos, 54-44-1
Last time: Broncos, 34-23, 2009
The Line: Chargers by 3
Who’s hot: RB Ladainian Tomlinson. We could easily go with Philip Rivers, since he’s been a large reason for the Chargers’ 4-game upswing, but he got the vote last time, and something about designating that AFC West rival “hot” twice in the same season doesn’t sit well with us. So, Tomlinson gets the nod, for having a two-touchdown performance and getting blessed baby news on the same day.
Who’s not: Chargers secondary. Antonio Cromartie tallied an interception on the last play of the game against the Eagles (when Donovan McNabb was hailing desperate throws), but the corners and safeties have been getting burned. You couldn’t get more open than Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin did in the back corner of the end zone as the Eagles lined up in the red zone. Mental mistakes are hurting the Chargers D on the back end.
Matchup to watch: TE Antonio Gates vs. Broncos secondary. In the previous matchup, Gates went a bit wild in the first half, but then the Broncos lined S Josh Barrett to cover him for much of the second half. Barrett did a damn good job, but the Broncos have been without the second-year player for two straight weeks with a hamstring injury. His status for Sunday is uncertain at this point. Gates has burned the Broncos many times in the past; will the Broncos have their answer to him available Sunday?