Chargers Football, TNF at Denver, Playoffs

Playoff Picture

  • AFC Outlook
  1. Broncos 11-2       vs Chargers, at Texans, at Raiders
  2. Patriots 10-3       at Dolphins, at Ravens, vs Bills
  3. Bengals 9-4          at Steelers, vs Vikings, vs Ravens
  4. Colt 8-5                  vs Texans, at Chiefs, vs Jaguars
  5. Chiefs 10-3           at Raiders, vs Colts, at Chargers
  6. Ravens 7-6           at Lions, vs Patriots, at Bengals
  • Home Field Advantage/Bye: Broncos, Patriots, Chiefs
  • Chiefs still have a chance to win division from Broncos
  • Ravens have slim chance to catch Bengals for AFC North crown
  • Dolphins have slim chance to catch Patriots for AFC East crown
  • Wildcard Hunt (behind Ravens)
    • Dolphins 7-6          vs Patriots, at Bills, vs Jets
    • Chargers 6-7          at Broncos, vs Raiders, vs Chiefs
    • Jets 6-7                    at Panthers, vs Browns, at Dolphins
    • Titans 5-8               vs Cardinals, at Jaguars, vs Texans
    • Steelers 5-8            vs Bengals, at Packers, vs Browns
      • Solely playing for wildcard spot: Chargers, Jets, Titans, Steelers

San Diego Chargers

  • Won 2 of last 3 games
    • Shootout at Kansas City, tough place to play and they beat a playoff team, clutch offense
    • Lost to Bengals at home, played flat all-around, Bengals pounded the ball to seal deal
    • Bounced back at home against the Giants, both sides of the ball played at a high level
    • Thursday Night Football at Denver
      • Broncos Pro Bowl Receiver Wes Welker suffered his second concussion of the season
      • Can Welker pass league protocols to return for week 16 after his second concussion?
      • Second tight end Jacob Tamme is also the backup to Welker at slot receiver
      • In relief vs Titans Tamme played nearly every snap, catching 4 of 5 targets for 47 yards
      • A couple of weeks ago against the Patriots without Julius Thomas, Tamme caught 5 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown
      • Huge Playoff Implications
        • Denver needs to stay ahead of Kansas City for the AFC West crown
        • Denver also needs to stay ahead of Kansas City and New England for home field
        • San Diego is outside looking in at the playoffs, behind Baltimore and Miami
        • Miami has the tie-breaker over San Diego after beating them a few weeks ago

Charging Up

  • Philip Rivers went 21-28, only 7 incompletions with 3 TDs, no turnovers, 137.4 rating
  • Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and Danny Woodhead all caught 50+ yards through the air
  • Ryan Mathews was a workhorse, 32 touches for 135 yards with a TD at the goal line
  • Danny Woodhead got the ball 11 times, producing 94 yards and a score
  • Leaders stepping up: safety Eric Weddle (94 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 1 INT), and linebacker Donald Butler (missed 3 games, 64 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 1 INT)
  • Defensive Line has improved: Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes, Thomas Keiser
    • Getting to the quarterback every week (throw out the Bengals game)
    • 4.5 sacks for Liuget and Keiser, 4 sacks for Reyes
  • In win vs Giants, first time LB core played together: Donald Butler, Manti Te’o, Jarrett Johnson, and Melvin Ingram (returned and played limited snaps)
  • CB Shareece Wright picked off Eli Manning, also defended 3 passes
  • Against the pass, the Bolts defended 11 passes in total
  • Nick Novak was money again on Sunday, drilling all 3 attempts (26/29 on the year