The Broncos vs. Chargers game on Monday night football puts the winner back into contention for the 2010 AFC West title. As such, both the Broncos and the Chargers need a win, and it raises the stakes of what could have been a pretty uneventful Monday night football game for most of the country. There isn’t typically a lot of excitement that goes along with a football game where both of the teams playing are sporting a sub-.500 record. In the weakened 2010 AFC West division, though, there is much more value placed upon the divisional rivalries than in past years.
Right now the Denver Broncos are 3-6 and the San Diego Chargers are 4-5 in the 2010 regular season. Within the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs lead the division with a 6-4 record and the Oakland Raiders are right behind them with a 5-5 record. It means that every team within the division is still in the race, and that the final games between the teams in the division are going to be even more important as the season winds down. The winner of Monday night’s game will be one step closer to catching the Chiefs, who have shown themselves that they have a tough time winning on the road.
The San Diego Chargers seem to have the best chance between these two teams to make a serious run at the division lead, and, with a two-game winning streak behind them, are playing some very good football lately. Denver also won last week, though, and even with a 3-6 record, have shown that there are still flashes of talent on that roster that could create a nice winning-streak at some point this year. The winner on Monday night will walk away not just with a victory, but another advantage in the head-to-head tie-breakers that could come in handy if the Chiefs and Raiders come back down to earth.
Game time for Monday, Nov. 22, is 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET), and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN. The Chargers get to play host, giving them a distinct advantage in the game, and that could prove important for the warm-weather team. The two teams will also finish off the regular season with a week 17 game against each other in Denver that is sure to be a cold one. For San Diego, the time is now to make a move on the AFC West, and with games against Oakland, Kansas City, and San Francisco coming up, they have their playoff destiny in hand now.