Denver Broncos: Key matchups vs the Los Angeles Chargers
Matchups: Drew Lock vs. Michael Davis
Michael Davis is the starting outside corner for the Chargers. He has played really well since earning the starting nod.
Davis has shown he can hold his own versus the game’s best, even returning an interception for a touchdown vs. Tom Brady and the red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Davis plays opposite Casey Hayward, the other tremendous corner for the Chargers. Davis is a tall and athletic player who can mirror the likes of Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy.
Despite Davis’s quality play, the Broncos would be smart to game plan away from Hayward and target Davis early and often.
Davis is aggressive and can be had on double moves and or well-designed route combinations.
Enter the morale-beaten Drew Lock. Lock, coming off of his worst game of the season, and maybe his young career, requires a pick me up.
The Broncos will look to their young quarterback to bounce back and deliver a solid outing, which is needed to match the high scoring output of the Chargers.
Lock, who was late in his reads all last week, must shore up in this game if the Broncos have any shot to win Sunday.
Lock can take advantage of Davis in his less-than-average lateral quickness as Jeudy and K.J. Hamler has significant advantages in and out of their cut.
To do so, the ball has to be out of time. If Lock plays with intention and comes to the line of scrimmage with a plan to execute under pressure, he can deliver a ball with pinpoint accuracy.
He needs to do that this week to put up some points and help his team win.
If Lock can make the easy throws against a good secondary, including Davis, his confidence and swagger may start to come back, which we desperately need.
His team believes in him, so now he has to go out there and back them up.