The Denver Broncos are riding high after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 49-29, last Sunday. The San Diego Chargers are coming off a bye week and looking to move up in the AFC West standings. The two teams will face off on a nationally televised Monday Night Football broadcast on Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
At stake for the Denver Broncos is a somewhat improbable run at making the playoffs, and a Denver win would give both teams a 4-6 record on the season. San Diego would like a win over the Broncos and losses by the Chiefs and Raiders. Such an outcome would have all three teams tied at 5-5 and make for a very competitive final stretch of the season.
This game will feature two of the top quarterbacks in 2010: the Broncos' Kyle Orton and the Chargers' Philip Rivers. The Chargers and Broncos are first and second in passing offense, which could lead to a strong aerial competition between the two teams. Kyle Orton had a career-high four touchdowns last week and hooked up with receiver Brandon Lloyd for two touchdown passes. Rivers had similar game two weeks ago against the Houston Texans when he threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns, two to Seyi Ajirotutu.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is listed as questionable, but receiver Malcom Floyd returns after a nearly five-week layoff due to injury. Vincent Jackson will not play in the game because he is serving the last game of his suspension, having his contract tender and being taken off of the Roster Exempt list.
Broncos linebacker Robert Ayers is listed as questionable, but may sit out to be fully healed for the sprint to end of the season.