Most of us have completed our Thanksgiving celebrations and are on the verge of getting back to reality as another work week is right around the corner. The Broncos take the first step in an effort to restore reality (or normalcy) as they head west to San Diego for a Week 12 matchup against the San Diego Chargers. The teams have met a total of 103 times, with the Broncos holding the overall advantage with 54 wins, 48 losses, and one tie. Unfortunately, 32 of the 48 losses have come when the Broncos have travelled to the west coast.
Of the two teams this season, the Broncos are definitely feeling better as they are riding high on a wave that includes a 4-1 record, as well as, the opportunity for fans to witness the true skill of Tim Tebow in the four wins. If the Broncos are riding high on a wave, the San Diego Chargers find themselves continually being beaten down by a wave that seems almost too big to overcome. After Week 5, the Chargers were sitting atop the AFC West with a record of 4-1 and were firmly in the driver’s seat of the young season. Since then, the Chargers find themselves in the midst of a 0-5 stretch that is very un-Charger like. Today, the Chargers will try to stop their skid, while the Broncos will try to continue the impressive run that has brought them back into the AFC West race. During each team’s five game stretch, the success, or lack of, can most definitely be attributed to the quarterback play.
Over the last month, the Broncos have made road trips to Miami, Oakland, and Kansas City, all of which resulted in victories. Like the previous two road trips, the Broncos will have to face a division rivalry and the home team crowd. Needless to say, Charger fans will absolutely be fired up in hopes to help their team stop the current losing streak, as well as, the opportunity to see long-time linebacker Junior Seau inducted into the Charger Hall of Fame at halftime.
The Broncos have lost the last four games against the Chargers and haven’t beaten the Chargers on the road since the 2009 season. As the 2011 season enters the final stretch, the Denver Broncos have another opportunity to silence critics, as well as bring the recent Chargers dominance over the Broncos to a halt. Given the recent performance of each team, it appears the conditions are right for this to happen.
Like we have seen in both the distant and recent past, what appears to be obvious on paper, doesn’t always come to fruition once the game begins.
Go Broncos – beat San Diego!