You can smell it in the air.

As sure as the smell of burning firewood and the month-long gluttony that is the holiday season, the Chargers are set to begin their late-season push to the playoffs. The Chargers fell behind 7-0 early, as Kyle Orton went to work ahead of a Knowshon Moreno touchdown plunge (he quietly posted a very nice all-around game for fantasy owners). That lead was short-lived, as San Diego absorbed the early jab, rebounded quickly and then used the aerial assault to decimate the Broncos.

Philip Rivers capped off a huge weekend for quarterbacks with a four-touchdown night in the Chargers’ home win. Granted, I’m crushed that Seyi Ajirotutu didn’t factor into the mix, but we witnessed the return of Malcom Floyd and the after-burners on Darren Sproles.

* Patrick Crayton led the Chargers in receiving with three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, but sustained a wrist injury that will sideline him indefinitely. The expected returns of Antonio Gates and the season debut of Vincent Jackson for Week 12 will more than make up for the loss.

This was Rivers’ second straight four-touchdown game and eighth multi-touchdown game of the season. He’s averaged 317 passing yards per contest.

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The Chargers start each season slowly, and injuries have extended the early-season funk. But, true to form, they’re on the comeback again. San Diego has won three straight and is getting healthy at the right time.

Can they take this show on the road against Indianapolis on Sunday night?