Drew Lock or Brandon Allen vs. Philip Rivers
Perhaps the biggest storyline coming into this matchup is the struggling QB play amongst both teams. If Drew Lock, activated from IR Saturday, is named the starter, this will be the third QB the Denver Broncos have started in this season alone, just added to the high count of the Broncos’ QB carousel.
On the other hand, the Chargers have ridden with their franchise QB Philip Rivers. However, it is no secret that Rivers has struggled this season, throwing four interceptions in the Chargers’ MNF loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brandon Allen brought some excitement to Broncos Country in the win over the Cleveland Browns, and was definitely an improvement over the well-regressed Joe Flacco, but fans were forced back down to reality with his inability to produce scoring drives against the Minnesota Vikings and especially the Buffalo Bills, the worst Broncos’ offensive outing since 1992.
It is now time for the Denver Broncos to see what they have in second round pick Drew Lock, who was placed on IR with a thumb injury early in the season. Although starting Lock seems like a risky move given the dreadful offensive line play, it is important that the Denver Broncos know what they have in Lock before the end of the season.
That way, they are able to see his strengths and weaknesses in real time, and if they believe he will be their guy going forward into 2020.
In Los Angeles, the front office will have a decision to make on Philip Rivers at the conclusion of this season. It definitely seems like a possibility that Rivers is regressing, which, with his 38th birthday approaching on December 8th, definitely doesn’t seem improbable.
Rivers has thrown 14 interceptions on the season, second in the league to Jameis Winston, who has thrown 20 on the year. In his 16 seasons, Rivers has provided reliable and very impressive QB play to the Chargers, but has no Super Bowl victory to show for it.
At the end of the day, it is likely that Philip Rivers may be on the list of best QB’s of all time to have never won one. There is a possibility that this may be the last time the Denver Broncos face Rivers as a Charger; they very well may move on from him after the season.
Overall, the winner of this game may be determined on which QB can muster up a better performance on Sunday.