B/R Consensus Pick: Broncos (11-1)
Miller: Broncos, 31-24
Peyton Manning against the San Diego secondary seems unfair. Now, things will get interesting if Denver cannot protect No. 18, but I like Manning to carve up the Chargers at home.
Schottey: Broncos, 30-20
Have to pick the better quarterback in this one, but that's closer than people think. If Manning's been the best QB in the league, Rivers has been close to No. 2 or No. 3. Don't be surprised if the Chargers make this a game, but don't expect Manning to lose to the same team twice in a row.
Hansen: Broncos, 28-24
This game comes down to which team executes its offensive game plan better. The Broncos will want to score early and force the Chargers to abandon the running game. The Chargers will try to keep the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands by controlling the clock while being just a little more efficient on offense. The Broncos are too explosive on offense in this one against an average defense.
Hangst: Broncos, 30-21
The Chargers defense looked the best it has all season last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, thanks to a few gifts from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and running back Giovani Bernard. The Broncos, however, won't be so generous this week. These two teams are well matched at quarterback, but Denver's stacked offense will be too much in this one.
Langland: Chargers, 31-27
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are the obvious pick, yet you can’t discount San Diego's Week 15 win at Sports Authority Field. Philip Rivers is playing his best football of the season, the offensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage and the defense is forcing turnovers. That is the recipe for winning playoff games on the road.
Frenz: Broncos, 31-30
Peyton Manning is not Andy Dalton. The Broncos are simply superior in too many ways for the Chargers to really stand a chance of pulling off the upset in Denver twice in a month's time.
Other Picks: Broncos (Freeman, Bowen, Schalter, Gagnon, Kruse, Bardeen)
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