The Denver Broncos (7-1) kick off the second half of their season, which features five of eight contests against divisional opponents. It all begins Sunday when they travel to face the San Diego Chargers (4-4).
In 106 regular seasons meetings against the Chargers, the Broncos own a 57-48-1 advantage all-time. The Broncos have won the last three match ups.
Offensively, the Chargers are right up there with the Broncos. While the Broncos are 1st in yards per game (466.1), the Chargers are 6th (403.8). Philip Rivers has just one more interception than Peyton Manning on the season. The Broncos are 1st in third-down percentage (50.5%) while the Chargers are 2nd (47.9%).
Defensively, the Broncos are 24th in yards per game allowed (380.6) and the Chargers are 28th (393.8). The Broncos are 3rd in rush defense while the Chargers are 23rd giving up 118 yards per game.
A few fun facts about this one:
- With a win, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen would become the first owner in pro football history to reach 300 wins in a three-decade span.
- Peyton Manning has the most passing yards (2,919) in league history through eight games.
- Not only did Mike McCoy serve as offensive coordinator in Denver for two seasons under John Fox, but he spent seven seasons in Carolina with Fox.
- Chargers WR Eddie Royal was drafted by the Broncos and spent four seasons with the team.
- Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips, and Quentin Jammer played for the Chargers for 4, 9, and 11 years, respectively.
TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentary) will call the game. NATIONAL RADIO: Compass Media Networks: Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Tony Hill (color commentary) will call the game.
LOCAL RADIO: KOA (850 AM)/The Fox (103.5 FM): Dave Logan (play- by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will call the game with Alan Roach reporting from the sidelines.
Kickoff is set for 2:25 p.m. MDT.
If you’re in the red, you’ll be getting the game on CBS.