L.A. CHARGERS AT NEW ENGLAND
1 p.m., CBS
New England was 8-0 at Gillette Stadium, the only perfect home record in the league. And the Chargers were a league-best 7-1 on the road.
Quarterback Philip Rivers has a 1-7 record against the Patriots, including 0-4 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and 0-2 in the playoffs. There is concern about leading rusher Melvin Gordon, who hurt his knee last weekend at Baltimore.
Conversely, Tom Brady is 2-0 in the playoffs and 6-2 in regular-season meetings.
Worth focusing on: If the weather is decent, Brady and Rivers will be testing defensive backfields of varying accomplishments. There often have been gaping holes in New England’s coverages, while the Chargers have an All-Pro in rookie safety Derwin James, and another standout back there in Desmond King.