With the AFC West title on the line in Week 17 last season, the Chargers dismantled the Broncos, 52-21.
The Chargers have won five of the last six meetings, but trail the overall series, 53-44-1.
Denver stormed back in the second half to beat New England, 20-17, in overtime. ... The Chargers were on a bye.
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Brian Dawkins' veteran presence: On a defense that has far surpassed expectations, Dawkins has been the unit's inspirational leader. Determined to prove his career is far from over after the Eagles released him in the offseason, Dawkins has played with an enthusiasm and energy that has filtered down to the rest of his teammates. He will have to be at his best against San Diego, which loves to attack safeties down the field.
Brandon Marshall's emergence: An offseason filled with turmoil has been left in the past by Marshall. Over the last three weeks he has put up spectacular numbers (17 catches, 222 yards, four touchdowns) and has apparently made up with coach Josh McDaniels. Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie said in an offseason chat on NFL.com that Marshall is the toughest receiver in the league to cover and Marshall will get a chance to remind him why he said that this Monday night.
Shawne Merriman's impact: Merriman and San Diego general manager A.J. Smith were not on the same page over the bye week as Merriman did not take kindly to Smith's criticisms of the team. Merriman has plenty of reason to be frustrated -- he has only eight tackles and zero sacks this year. The Chargers need him to come out and get some pressure on Kyle Orton if they hope to shut down a surprisingly effective Broncos offense.
Broncos QB Kyle Orton is 26-12 as a starter. ... Denver RB Knowshon Moreno leads all rookies with 337 rushing yards. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers is 4-0 on Monday Night Football with a 106.9 passer rating. ... San Diego's Antonio Gates leads NFL tight ends with 53 touchdown catches since 2003.ESPN.com
Denver running back Correll Buckhalter was practicing some Wednesday. He missed the New England game with a high ankle sprain. Buckhalter will likely be monitored throughout the week as Denver prepares to play at San Diego on Monday night.
This week I expect big games from the Defense and Kyle Orton. These guys need to play well if we have any chance at winning. One person I really want to see get involved is Peyton Hillis, I believe he has been in the doghouse the last few weeks. I think he can really contribute to the team and he could be the answer to our 3rd and inches problem we have been having.
I think again this will be a close game, I don't believe our team is a point scoring machine. I think it is more the sort of team that grinds you into the ground. Also taking into account that the Chargers are a good team I think this one will be separated by a touchdown. 21 - 14 Broncos win, is my call.
Q. What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
A. The Chargers.
Q. What do the Chargers and a possum have in common?
A. Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!
That is all from me ~ Aussie Out!
Had to add this saw it on Broncos Zone, thanks Jon, thought it was way too funny, check it out.