Broncos vs. Chargers Part Two
Both teams limp into this game injury-plagued and well below .500, with Los Angeles dealing with many more injuries than Denver. However, Los Angeles will get a big boost with the return of Derwin James.
The Broncos get home-field advantage, but how much they can do with it will rely heavily on the offense, whether it be led by Brandon Allen or Drew Lock.
The lack of offensive productivity has been a thorn in Denver’s side to say the least, and really has held this team back in the sense of what they perhaps could have accomplished this season.
On the other hand, Phillip Rivers has greatly struggled this season, throwing four interceptions in the Chargers’ loss to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. This is something the Broncos secondary may have an opportunity to take advantage of.
There is a possibility that this could perhaps be Denver’s last game against Phillip Rivers as a Charger, and if they can make it count, Sunday’s game could go well for them.
Broncos 16, Chargers 14
The Broncos host the LA Chargers at home this Sunday, and are looking to rebound after an atrocious performance in Buffalo. Denver lost in a 20-3 rout, totaling 167 yards on offense against the vaunted Bills defense.
Denver showed everyone two weeks ago they are capable of scoring points in a hurry, totaling 20 points in the first half vs Minnesota in week 11. Then they come out and drop 3 points through 60 minutes the next week. It is getting hard to predict which Broncos team will show up each week.
That being said, I believe that if the “good” Broncos show up Sunday against their division rival Chargers, I can see Denver coming out on top. LA has also struggled, most notably in their long-time franchise quarterback, Phillip Rivers’, play.
It’s no secret they have a solid defensive line, but I haven’t seen enough from the Chargers this year to think this is going to be a lopsided game in their favor. Actually, quite the opposite.
With Denver still trying to prove they’re not a bye week on the schedule, and being back at home, I fully expect the Broncos to come out firing. I’d like to see some aggressive play calling early to prevent playing catch up all game.
I’m taking Denver here.
Broncos 27, Chargers 20
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