Why this game is intriguing: Maddening inconsistency and several tough losses have dotted this division, with the Denver Broncos' losses to the Patriots and the Texans serving as prime examples. Same with the San Diego Chargers' defeats to the Saints and the Falcons. That means two things: 1) We don't know how good this division is; and 2) it'll be fun to find out. So, this should be a shootout of epic proportions on Monday night. That's assuming the right Chargers team shows up. Same goes for Peyton Manning, who has been thriving in the second half.
What to watch: No two elite quarterbacks are scrutinized for their arm strength as much as Manning and Philip Rivers, and that might get mentioned a time or two on this telecast. The reality is, both are smart and savvy enough to deal with any limitations, whether it's unloading quickly or developing new timing. Manning and Rivers won't be the only stars facing questions. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews and Broncos running back Willis McGahee both might be walking around San Diego with a football tucked tightly away, harping on ball security.