Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/26/12
San Diego: What a bad way to go into your bye week. The Chargers looked good for the first half of their game against the Broncos in Week 6, going up 24-0 at the half, only to completely collapse after halftime and lose 35-24. Why the collapse?  Look no further than Philip Rivers, who turned the ball over an incredible six times (four INTs, two fumbles) including a fumble return for a TD and a pick six INT. Ouch. Now with two whole weeks to think about it, Rivers at least gets a non-terrible matchup in a road game against the Browns.Of course, seeing what Rivers is capable of, I certainly wouldn’t put it past him to hand the game to the Browns on a powder blue platters.Even though Rivers has problems, both Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates remain good starts. The latter is finally starting to find some of his groove, after appearing like he was sleep walking through molasses for the first part of the year. The Browns rank just 27th in total defense, so Rivers should be able to move the ball at will.Key to that will be the performance of Ryan Mathews; if Mathews can keep the pressure off Rivers and allow for the outcome of the game to flow through the running attack, the Chargers will likely win this one handedly. I would expect Mathews to get lots of work here, and he makes an great start.Good Start: QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd, TE Antonio GatesMiddle of the Road: NoneBad Start: WR Robert Meachem Cleveland: The Browns certainly look very close to actually putting together a couple of wins in a row. In a visit to fellow rookie Andrew Luck and the Colts in Week 7, Brandon Weeden came one Josh Gordon dropped TD pass away from stealing his second win. With Rivers’ propensity for allowing teams to hang around, Weeden has a real chance here to finally get that second win under his belt.The key of course will be whether or not Trent Richardson can suit up, and if he’s actually effective.  The Chargers rank a solid 2nd in rushing yards per game though so even if Richardson is a go, he’s not a very good start. However, his mere presence requires the Chargers' defense to pay attention to him, which will free up Weeden to do some of his better work.If Josh Gordon hangs on to that dropped pass in the sunlight in Indianapolis, the Browns very well could have gone on to win that game. Gordon is still fairly raw, but his talent is really undeniable. Also, there’s not a lot of other players on the Browns that can threaten a defense, so Weeden will be wise to continue bombing away at a guy who has three long TDs, one in each of the last three games.Good Start: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Josh GordonMiddle of the Road: RB Trent RichardsonBad Start: WR Josh Cooper, TE Ben Watson 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Tigers, Cubs talking Justin Verlander trade

Richard Jefferson sheds light on Irving's tough time with Cavs

Report: Rangers telling teams Darvish is not available

Report: Draymond Green to be sued for assault

Report: Cavs operating as if Irving trade is ‘inevitable’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Garrett continues to staunchly back Ezekiel Elliott

Report: Thunder interested in trading for Carmelo Anthony

Report: Price told Eckersley ‘get the f— out of here’ on team flight

Jerry Jones: ‘I had a wonderful time before this social media hit’

Report: Pirates ‘leaning against’ Andrew McCutchen trade

Devin McCourty: Talk of Patriots going 19-0 is ‘ridiculous’

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker