Phillip Lindsay vs. Chargers Front Seven
This goes for Royce Freeman too, but it seems as of recently the Denver Broncos have gone up against average run defenses and have been unable to take advantage of it. If the running game can get going, it will prevent Drew Lock from having to win the game with his arm.
There have been plenty of times the running backs have ran free, but have unable to get a long running touchdown. The longest one of the season was 30 yards. But if the running game can get going, this could become a win.
Philip Rivers vs. Broncos Secondary
Denver’s secondary has been solid over the last few games. Yes, I know there have been some missed assignments. But as a whole, they are getting there. It might just be a few key pieces here and there.
Hopefully they will get a break as they go up against Philip Rivers, who turned the ball over four times in the Chargers week eleven matchup against the Chiefs. Denver does not force any turnovers a lot, but a matchup against Rivers, where last time out, they were able to get two interceptions, could be what the doctor ordered.
X-Factor: Noah Fant
Drew Lock is going to need a lot of help in the passing game. And that is where I see Noah Fant playing a huge part in the offense. He was the security blanket for Brandon Allen in his three games. It does always help having a place to throw the ball when in trouble.
There is no doubt that the Chargers are going to be rushing to get Drew Lock down. Fant will need to be on top of his game in order to give Lock the option in the passing game he needs.