Welker will suit up for the first time since suffering his second concussion this season against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round game on Sunday. Welker has proven time and time again to be Peyton Manning‘s security blanket, especially when it came to the red zone and on third down. We have seen how he has done that when he was in New England catching passes from Tom Brady and he has developed into that slot receiver for the Broncos.
This will prove to be tough for the Chargers as they have to prepare for another weapon in Welker. They had enough on their plate with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, and now having to focus on Welker could spell trouble for the Chargers’ pass defense. I believe that Welker will be an x-factor for the game simply because he can change the game when it comes to moving the ball from down to down. It was clearly seen when Welker did not play against the Chargers that Manning had to adjust and play without that third-down receiver. It also did not help with Thomas being shut down, as well as the top two key receivers in Thomas and Decker were basically shut down. Having all four of those weapons, plus Knowshon Moreno, makes it challenging for defenses to focus on all four at one time.
Manning will definitely feel calmer knowing his slot receiver will be back for this game and having him in the offense should spark the team in their revenge tour quest.