AFC West mailbag

Midweek mail call:

Scott from Phoenix wants to know if I think San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has a chance to win the NFL MVP award?

Bill Williamson: Well, he is playing as well as anybody. He is on a record pace for yards thrown. He has put San Diego on his back. The fact that he threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns in a six-point win at Houston despite not having his top four receivers and tight end Antonio Gates was remarkable. But the problem is San Diego is 4-5. It will have to rip off a bunch of wins for Rivers to get serious MVP consideration. Now, if Rivers continues his torrid season and the Chargers end up in the playoffs, yes, I think he has a real shot.

Tim from SLC wants to know if I think Oakland rookie receiver Jacoby Ford will take some playing time away from Darrius Heyward-Bey.

BW: I could see it. Ford has to stay on the field. The fourth-round draft pick had six catches for 148 yards Sunday in the Raiders’ big win over the Chiefs. But most importantly, Ford, who also returned a kickoff for a score in the game, made clutch plays. Heyward-Bey had no catches Sunday. He has had two good games this season and in seven games he was a non-factor. With Louis Murphy likely returning from a lung injury soon, there is a decision to be made. I think Ford needs a chance to show what he can do. He looks very polished.

SJL from Portland wants to know why I think San Diego passed on putting a waiver claim on Randy Moss, but signed journeyman receiver Kelley Washington the next day.

BW: I think they are two separate issues. San Diego has some temporary injury issues and that’s why Washington was brought in. There was no interest in Moss because the Chargers like their receivers in the long term, and adding a controversial personality like Moss is out of character for San Diego.