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Chargers vs Broncos

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers will play the Denver Broncos at home on October 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM PDT.  The Chargers have a 9-3 record in their last 12 meetings with Denver, but were 1-1 against them last season.

Denver signed Peyton Manning to a five year deal worth $96 million on March 20, 2012.  Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history because he ranks third all-time in passing yards and touchdown passes.

Manning also has the most regular season MVP awards with four and won a Super Bowl MVP with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 NFL season.

Manning ranks third in passing yards this season and ranks fourth in TD passes with 11 while he only has three interceptions.  Manning has a 4-3 record in his career against San Diego with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Philip Rivers has a 9-4 record in his career against Denver with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

I expect Ryan Mathews to have a big game on Monday.  In three games against Denver, he has 72 rushing attempts, 382 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Willis McGahee could have a huge game for Denver because in six games against the Lightning Bolts, he has 97 rushing attempts, 445 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

Denver averages 27 points per game which ranks ninth in the NFL while San Diego averages about 25 points per game which puts them at 13th in the league.

San Diego gives up about 20 points per game which ranks 11th in the league while Denver surrenders 23 points per game and that is 19th in the NFL.

Denver’s special teams are allowing opponents to have good field position though because their defense gives up 4.9 yards per play which ranks sixth in the NFL.  San Diego allows 5.4 yards per play which ranks 15th among 32 teams.

San Diego is coming off a bad loss against the then 0-4 New Orleans Saints on Sunday, so they need this victory.  The Chargers are 2-0 against AFC West opponents this year, and I expect this to continue with a 20-17 win.