Broncos @ Chargers
The Denver Broncos start their post-bye schedule with a trip to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Denver started out the season on a positive note, defeating the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders during the first two weeks.
However, they have won just one game since then, coming against a terrible team in the Arizona Cardinals.
Denver has unfortunately come short of winning many times this season. Before their bye week, they barely lost to the Houston Texans by a score of 19-17. They lost by only three against the Los Angeles Rams a couple of weeks prior.
This team needs to focus on finishing out games. They just continue to make mistakes at the most inopportune times. One week it’s one thing. The next week, it’s something different. It has been a very frustrating past two seasons in Denver.
The Chargers have been very good this season and quarterback Phillip Rivers is on a roll. Denver had a stretch of games where they let opposing running backs to run all over them. Since then, they have done pretty decent in that phase of the game.
I just don’t think the Broncos are there yet and ready to take that next step.
Chargers 35, Broncos 24
The Denver Broncos head to Los angles to face the Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
LA is hot and has been winning games. With the Chiefs playing the Rams this week, the Chargers have a chance to tie Kansas City for the division lead if they can take care of business at home.
On the flip side, the Broncos always play well against the Chargers.
Denver’s 10th ranked rushing attack is something the LA front needs to focus on if they want to take this game. Denver’s rookie sensation Philip Lindsay will absolutely have something to say Sunday. It’ll be up to LA’s 10th ranked defense to keep him in check.
As long as Rivers plays smart with the ball (quick and safe passes), and Melvin Gordon does his thing, I can’t see Denver beating this hot LA team.
Silver lining for Denver: We are slowing climbing the draft order.
Chargers 31, Broncos 20
The Broncos will have to get ahead early and hold onto the ball if they want to pull off an upset. Time of possession will be critical.
Von Miller will have to play lights out (as he always does against Rivers) along with the rest of Denver’s pass rush. This Charger offense is the most efficient of Rivers’ career, and the amount of weapons they have is concerning.
Even still, it’ll be a close game. Denver has had two weeks to prepare for Los Angeles, and will run the ball early and often. The Broncos will pull off the upset. 27-20 Broncos.
Broncos 27, Chargers 20