Denver’s defense still has it
If one thing has become abundantly clear over the last month or so, it’s that the Broncos’ defense still has it.
They may not be the same as the 2015 unit, but the Denver defense knows how to close the deal and come up with big plays at the right time.
They picked off Philip Rivers twice in this game, broke up nine passes, racked up 5.5 tackles for loss, and took Rivers down via sack three times.
The defense may have given up some big plays on third downs but it was a defensive play (Von Miller’s interception) that gave the Broncos the spark they needed to mount a comeback.
They also, for the most part, shut down Melvin Gordon.
After a two-game stretch of really struggling to defend against the run, the Broncos’ run defense found its groove again and got back to its dominating ways. Gordon finished this game with 69 yards on 18 carries.
He still managed to rack up yards from scrimmage but the Chargers were only able to gain 3.7 yards per carry and the Broncos won the first two downs, forcing a lot of third-and-long situations.