The Rain and the Brees

It may not be the typical Southern California battle today, as the elements look to play a big factor when the Denver Broncos take on the Chargers in San Diego.

Under normal circumstances I really enjoy San Diego.

It's an escape from the frigid temperatures of Denver, a mere two-hour flight, complete with sun, sand and an overabundance of pretty women scattered throughout a crowd equally mixed with both Charger and Broncos attire.

As far as road games go, it's a sports reporter's mecca.

Sunday, however, may be a different story. According to local forecasts, tomorrow's game promises to be one of rain, chilly temperatures and a strong Brees.

The Brees, in this particular case, happens to be Drew Brees, San Diego's re-born season savior, solely responsible for one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NFL history.

A quarterback, who eleven weeks ago was a guaranteed lock for free agency, Brees is now almost certainly destined to be slapped with San Diego's franchise tag, after leading the Chargers to the summit of the AFC West with a 108.0 passer rating, which includes a career-high 22 touchdown passes with only three interceptions.

Coming of the most impressive performance of his short four-year career, Brees completed 28-of-37 passes to seven different receivers for a career-high 378 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

During the fourth quarter alone the former Purdue Boilermaker completed all eleven of his passes for 163-yards including two touchdowns to tight end Antonio Gates. To date, Brees leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passing with a 131.7 QB rating, including six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Like I said, forecasters are predicting a strong Brees.

To counter, the Broncos are looking to rebound from last week's dismal defensive effort with a strong man-to-man effort, shouldered by sixty million dollar man Champ Bailey.

The same Champ Bailey that addressed us at Dove Valley with the guarantee that the Mile High City would not be disappointed in the Clinton Portis exchange that bought him here in the first place.

Twelve weeks later and it's time for Bailey to make good on his guarantee.

It's time for the Broncos to make good on their goal, to not only make the playoffs, but to advance, for the first time in the post John Elway era.

Sunday, against the rain, the odds and the Brees, it's Denver's time.

Time to step up, step back or step down.

Despite the Brees.

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