DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18: Linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos sacks quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Chargers are just 1-point underdogs at home against the Ravens. Interesting because San Diego is 4-6 while Baltimore is 8-2.
Here's a potential reason why, and three Bolts to watch on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Well, the game is blacked out, so maybe not actually players to "watch." More like players to "listen for on the radio broadcast." Or, players to "keep your eye on at the sports bar."
1) Kendall Reyes: Last week the rookie defensive lineman got his first two career sacks. They were both against Peyton Manning, the future Hall of Famer who'd only been sacked 11 times in his previous 9 games with Denver. This week Reyes has hit sights set on Joe Flacco, the 6'6", 245-pound quarterback whose arm is as big as he is. Flacco likes to go down the field to his speedy wideouts. The best way to stop that is to put him on his rear end. Flacco has also had trouble away from M&T Bank Stadium in 2012. He's thrown 10 TD with 3 INT at home, but just 3 TD and 4 INT on the road.
2) Rex Hadnot: The 9th-year veteran offensive lineman will step into the starting lineup for injured left guard Tyronne Green. Hadnot has started 93 games in his NFL career. The guy to his left, tackle Mike Harris, has started 6. Hadnot's experience can help overcome Harris' lack thereof, which just might help keep Philip Rivers upright long enough to deliver some decent passes.
3) Kyle Nelson: Long snapper Mike Windt was lost for the season with a broken wrist. Enter Nelson, who's never played in a regular season NFL game. The last two weeks Mike Scifres has had a pair of punts blocked, suffering an ankle injury in the process. Another moving part is not at all what the special teams unit needs. Nelson will have to be nearly perfect to help prevent another letdown.