So far, the San Diego Chargers are batting .500 for the month of December after defeating the New York Giants 37-14 Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. Next up for the Chargers is Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a Thursday night matchup. The last time these two teams played, Manning threw for four touchdowns in leading the Broncos to a 28-20 road win.
After dropping a home game to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chargers came right back to smash the Eli Manning and his Giants’ teammates.Keenan Allen, who is playing out of this world as a rookie, scored two touchdowns in the win. Donald Butler came up with two picks off of the younger Manning to lead the Chargers’ stellar play on the defensive side of the ball. Sitting at 6-7, the Chargers will have to win out the remaining three games for a shot at the postseason.
Momentum is key for any team at this time of year. The Chargers need it. Quarterback Philip Rivers spoke on the subject.
“I believe in momentum, to a certain extent, throughout a game, but week-to-week I don’t really think it matters. So as far as winning that game and playing sooner, I don’t think there’s anything to that. I would say more than anything on the short week is that at least we have a familiar opponent, which is the same for them as well, but it’s not a team we play once every four years. Had it been an NFC team, it would have been just a little more difficult preparation wise. But it’s still a mental grind because you’ve got to shift gears, put in a whole new plan and go in a matter of two days, especially when you’re going on the road. We haven’t been on the road in a Thursday night game since 2009 I don’t think when we played Christmas night in Tennessee. So it’s been nice to play at home where you feel like you steal a day. So the fact that we fly out of here in less than 24 hours is a little bit even more of a challenge. But it’s one that we have and we have to step up to.”