Rivers can end Chargers nightmare
Philip Rivers is one of the most accomplished passing quarterbacks in the NFL but even his good form has failed to keep the San Diego Chargers in play-off contention.
The season is as good as over for the Chargers but Rivers has called on his team-mates to keep fighting until the final match of the season.
"They don't call the season off when things are going bad," the 26 year old said. "We've got to go play a game. If you've got any pride pride or anything about you, you'll prepare and go play."
Prior to the season starting the Chargers had been many peoples' tip to represent the AFC West in the post-season, however an inability to make key defensive stops and an injury to LaDainian Tomlinson has seen them fall way behind divisional leader, the Denver Broncos.
Recent results have been particularly poor for San Diego, managing just one win since week seven, but, when they meet the equally bad Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football, Rivers and co will feel confident of improving to 5-8 for the season.
The Raiders, currently with a 3-9 record for the season, were expected to be poor this year and have even surprised a few people with their three wins, especially the 31-10 road victory against the inconsistent Broncos.
Despite this, it is unlikely the Raiders can break their five year losing run against the Chargers, and the 1/4 about San Diego winning is short but should be a banker.
What may be a more interesting proposition for punters in the 10/11 about Oakland coming out on top with a nine point start.
In Nnamdi Asomugha Oakland have one of the best corners in the NFL and he has the ability to play Chris Chambers, one of Rivers' favourite recievers, out of the game while San Diego have lacked the spark to run away with games.
The last meeting between these sides, in week four, ended in a 28-18 Chargers win with LaDainian Tomlinson running for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Tomlinson is priced 3/1 to score the first touchdown this time around, which looks a little short given his failure to impose himself fully on games this year.
An interesting option as first touchdown scorer could be Zach Miller at 16/1. The tight end connected on a 67 yard effort in week four and will look to register his second TD of the season against one of the league's worst pass defences.