San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers stares back at the field as coach Norv Turner, left, walks past after Rivers threw his second interception for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
Two reeling teams that
somehow remain atop their division open the NFL's Thursday night package
in San Diego. Picking a winner could come down to who throws more
picks: Philip Rivers of the Chargers or Carson Palmer of the Raiders.
San Diego has lost three straight, allowing a solid grip on the slippery division to disappear. Now, the Chargers are tied with Oakland, loser of two straight, and Kansas City at 4-4.
the league was hoping for some sort of shootout as it begins its NFL
Network telecasts, and it might get one. If the air is filled with
footballs, look for defenders to be catching some of them.
having the worst season of his eight-year career, ranks 20th in passer
rating, has thrown a league-high 14 interceptions and is making poor
decisions. Last Sunday, two of his passes were returned for touchdowns
and a third nearly was.
He also helped the Chargers keep it close in a 45-38 loss to unbeaten Green Bay.
scored 38 points. That in itself is good," Rivers said. "Obviously, you
can't turn the ball over. That was the difference in the game, turning
it over. That's something I need to keep working on and do a better job
of. We gave ourselves a chance and never quit. But there's no
consolation when you lose."
Oakland, a 7-point underdog, has lost
divisional games to Kansas City and Denver, bringing both of those clubs
back into the AFC West race. As expected, new quarterback Carson Palmer
looked rusty (or worse) in the six quarters he's played since ending
his self-imposed retirement and being traded by Cincinnati to the
Palmer has thrown six interceptions and three touchdowns and has an ugly 53.9 rating.
go out and win on Thursday night and it's a great feeling again,"
Palmer said. "You have a chance to be on top of the division, but you
have a chance to get a win and feel good about your team and just keep
trucking through the season. I'm extremely excited about what we can be.
I think the future is bright."