Mister Obvious Says –Philip Rivers is here to stay with the Chargers, recently signing a four-year contract extension that includes a full no-trade clause. Before news broke of the signing, media and fans wondered if this season could be his last with San Diego, as he was in the final year of his previous deal. Now it appears Rivers will continue to be the face of the franchise to the very end when he will be 37 and a 15-year league veteran.
Biggest Additions – Bringing in WR Stevie Johnson (a former Buffalo star) gives Rivers a viable third option this year with Keenan Allen and Malcolm Floyd. If he plays to his potential, Rookie RB Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin will be a strong featured back that should take pressure off of Rivers.
Biggest Losses – Injury-plagued RB Ryan Matthews left for Philadelphia and WR Eddie Royal has gone off to Chicago where he has been one of the best wide-outs in camp.
Rookie To Watch – San Diego fans are mentioning Gordon in the same sentence as LT, LaDainian Tomlinson. That’s a load of expectations but Gordon is a load himself, a strong runner listed at 6’1” and 210 pounds.
Marquee Match-up – Week 5’s matchup against the Steelers at home. Great prime-time match-up between two teams with playoff potential.
Game Most Likely to Win – Week 15 at home against the Dolphins. Last home game before the season concludes with two road match-ups against rivals Raiders and Broncos.
Game Most Likely To Lose – The Week 6 game at Green Bay comes six days after the Chargers host Pittsburgh on Monday night. Can the Chargers recover soon enough to play well in Lambeau?
Overall Thoughts – The AFC West is much improved. The difference between making the playoffs and sitting home in January will be how San Diego takes care of business within its division, no small feat. 4 – 2 record in their division and they are looking good, anything less and they will be sipping Corona’s in Del Mar come January.