Peyton Manning is beginning to find his groove, while Philip Rivers is still trying to figure out how they lost in New Orleans. This week the two quarterbacks square off under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. Let's take a closer look at why I like the Broncos to come out on top.
This is a game that the sportsbooks haven't wanted to mess with very much. The Chargers were favored by 2.5 in the Summer and also in the look ahead line last week. It reopened very briefly at -3 on Sunday night, but sharp money immediately pounced on Denver at the key number. That was a smart grab, because I don't think San Diego is the better team at the moment. The current number sits at -1.5 to -1 depending where you shop.Advanced Metrics
This week, the Matt Cassel incident in Kansas City has most of the sports world debating whether it was ok or not for the fans to cheer when he was lying on the field knocked out with a concussion. We've seen some strong opinions in the media, but there's an imporant aspect of this story that isn't being mentioned - the psychology of crowds.
Jason Whitlock of FOX Sports wrote a polarizing article today in favor of the fans right to cheer. I'm not going to recite his entire piece, but he made several points supporting his case. First, he compared the brutality of the NFL to that of boxing and MMA, as if to say that we can't have it both ways when we see a guy knocked out in football. Second, he redirected the issue towards the Kansas City Chiefs ownership and management - arguing that the Chiefs fans' passion and loyalty have been taken advantage of. Lastly, he went on to rail the decision to bring in Matt Cassel in the first place.
San Diego Chargers Commentary: Will Norv Turner and Philips Rivers Ever Deliver a Title in San Diego?
Once again the San Diego Chargers are flattering to deceive this season. Big victories over the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, created the perception that this talented, but maddeningly inconsistent team is finally ready to dominate the AFC this season.
However, in typical Chargers fashion, they have failed badly in their two big tests against NFC opposition. They suffered a heavy defeat at home to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 and Week 5 saw them leave New Orleans on the wrong end of a seven-point deficit to the Saints.
Ordinarily losing by a singe touchdown on the road against the Saints, would be no reason to feel shame. But Drew Brees and company entered the game 0-4. Chargers fans have to be left wondering will the squad led by head coach Norv Turner and prolific quaterback Philip Rivers ever produce a Super Bowl?
The Oakland Raiders have boosted their anaemic pass rush, by signing veteran rush end Andre Carter, according to NFL.com.
This is a smart move by the new Raiders regime and one they had to make. Rookie head coach Dennis Allen's defense currently ranks 31st in sacks. The unit has a mere three quarterback takedowns to its credit.
Carter is sure to improve those numbers. The 33-year-old is still a skilled and savvy pass-rusher with excellent takeoff speed. He collected 10 sacks as a member of the New England Patriots in 2011 and two years earlier, recorded 11 sacks with the Washington Redskins.
The 11-year pro operates best in the kind of 4-3 scheme the Raiders run. He will certainly benefit from the presence of hulking defensive tackle duo Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour.
Carter has been fortunate to play alongside some stellar defensive tackles during his career. He has worked with the likes of Bryant Young and the controversial, yet supremely talented Albert Haynesworth.