Lastly, can the home crowd prove beneficial for the Chargers? Keep in mind that AFC West rivals Denver, Oakland and Kansas City are usually well represented when playing in San Diego. If the game is tight down the stretch, some home cooking for the Chargers from their fans could spell the difference.
With a win, San Diego (3-2) would move two games in front of Denver (2-3) in the division race, with essentially a three-game lead having had won the head-to-head encounter before they meet again Nov. 18 in the Mile High City.
With the different story lines that will be in play Sunday night in the Superdome, the Chargers will at least go into the contest relatively healthy.
Colton High School in California led the NFL draft with three players chosen, according to USA Football.