Jim Morrison once sang that ‘‘The West is the Best." Were he to look at the AFC in 2016, he would confirm that the West is indeed the best. The AFC West is the only division with two (2) four-win teams. Only one of those four-win teams plays tonight, while the other participant in Thursday Night Football this evening could easily be at four wins if not for their own ineptitude.
While the story of the Broncos has been one of a dominant defense and an efficient yet unspectacular offense helmed by former Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian (who is starting tonight), it is the Chargers who are the real stars of the night.
In five weeks, the Chargers have managed to lose four games by a single score or less. They lost their opening week encounter against the Chiefs after taking a 21-3 lead before capitulating in overtime to lose 33-27. They lost their game against the Raiders last week after the would-be tying field goal was fumbled by the holder, causing a turnover on downs. They have a wonderful ability to shoot themselves continuously in the foot.
The terrible thing is they don’t deserve it. Philip Rivers and the San Diego offense is amazing. They’re currently ranked 5th in offensive DVOA despite losing their best receiver and featuring an offensive line that has one of the highest adjusted sack rates of any team in the NFL. It’s exceptionally painful as a Texans fan to watch someone like Rivers play out his final years throwing to Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams when DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are sitting here in Houston just waiting for someone to get them the ball consistently.
The Chargers’ 5th ranked offense will go up against Denver’s 4th ranked defense (according to DVOA) tonight in what should be an interesting contest. This will be your open thread for the game and the usual open thread rules apply. SB Nation will also be streaming the game, so head there to watch the game live.
Colts vs Texans coverage