Monday, January 6, 2014
Morning Links: Reaction to Chargers win
By Eric D. Williams
CINCINNATI -- Good morning. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says that the San Diego Chargers could be this year’s Cinderella in the postseason. Banks: “Denver's a 10-point favorite over San Diego heading into next weekend, but get ready to hear all about [Peyton] Manning's mediocre 9-11 career playoff record, his eight one-and-done playoff trips and how the Chargers have blocked his path before. In 2007, when the 13-3 defending Super Bowl champion Colts were the No. 2 seed and No. 3 San Diego was 11-5, it was Rivers and the Chargers (with a clutch relief outing from backup quarterback Billy Volek) who went into the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and dispatched Manning and the favored Colts 28-24.”
ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha says that even though the Chargers are riding an emotional high after advancing past Cincinnati, Denver awaits.
Chadiha: “Manning and his record-setting offense will have to find a way to attack a mediocre defense that seems to play its best against Denver. The Broncos’ defense also will have to frustrate Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers without the benefit of injured Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller. It says here that the Denver will do both and advance. But don’t be surprised if the Broncos walk away from that contest with more bumps and bruises than they already have.”