Dever Broncos at San Diego Chargers, Thursday September 29th on NFL Network at 8:25pm eastern
Here we have an AFC match-up that in years past would of been one for the ages. A reeling Chargers team which has scored the second most points in the league (152) but tied for giving up the 3rd most in the league (148) have found ways to lose football games. The latest coming on a botched hold on a field goal attempt in the closing seconds of the game which would have potentially tied the game. The Broncos on the other hand have been nothing but themselves with solid defensive play and enough from there quarterback.
San Diego Chargers – This looks to be it for Mike McCoy. If he cannot right the ship Thursday night the word is he will be out. This team has been formidable on offense to say the least and have been in every game, even ahead multiple scores, but lack the consistency and discipline to lineup and string together four quality quarters. The crazy part about this team is they have oodles and oodles of injuries but again have been in every game The Chargers will be without star conerback Jason Verrett (out for the season), Brandon Flowers, and safety Jaheel Addae. Melvin Gordon has stepped it up this season in run the game yet hasn’t truly gotten an opportunity to be a true every down back. As we know Phillip Rivers loves to throw the ball to his running backs . If Mccoy is smart he will run the ball and keep Denver’s defense on there toes and expose them up the middle with a healthy dose of Gordon.
Denver Broncos – Who got outplayed and over matched by the Atlanta Falcons last week with their rookie quarterback in Paxton Lynch. It looks as though the Broncos will have their starter back Trevor Siemian who has been solid from the word go. Who the Broncos will be without is Head Coach Gary Kubiak who has been diagnosed with complex migraines. His replacement will be Special Teams coach Joe DeCamillis and the reasoning for this is so that the Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator can continue to operate as usual to continue to game plan and prepare for the Chargers. Also the Special Teams coach is the one that knows the roster best as a whole for the simple fact that he has familiarity with most players on the roster whether it be offense or defense. I don’t expect anything to change from a defensive prospective in terms of approach, but the Broncos must sure up the middle of that defense as it is evident that Malik Jackson is missed. Offensively I’m expecting a heavier load for the running backs as the Chargers are tied for first in giving up the most rushing touchdowns in the league (8).
For the degenerate gamblers out there (-3) Denver Broncos and the Over/Under is 45.