Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos are coming off an extremely emotional and hard fought victory against my New England Patriots as the San Diego Chargers sat back on their bye week watching helplessly as the Broncos took a two-and-a-half game lead early in the chase for a division title.
The line opened up with the Broncos taking a three-and-a-half point lead into San Diego, a road divisional rivalry game, so ok maybe the line is justifiable…let me tell you why it’s way off base.
Let me start by saying that I know the home team is usually awarded a certain amount of points just for having home-field advantage but I don’t believe that should apply for a Monday night game, the intensity of it being a national broadcast, the pregame fireworks, the magnitude of this game can’t be overlooked, it’s going to be the closest feel to a playoff game that you can get in mid-October.
The Chargers have been woeful on defense since the start of the year; a season that kicked off with such promise has turned bleak in hurry with a season-ending injury to Pro Bowl nose tackle Jamal Williams and the less than stellar play of Shawn Merriman who has produced but eight tackles through four games this season.
Their defense can’t stop the run or generate any type of pass rush as they face one of the league’s best young runners and a very efficient quarterback with an ultra-talented receiving core.
The Broncos on the other hand bring the fifth best overall defense only allowing 171 yards per game through the air and 81 on the ground. Elvis Dumervil has been absolutely “lights out” so far with eight sacks in his first five games, the defensive line in general has been absolutely relentless and with the absence of any semblance of a running game Philip Rivers may be in for a long night.
Vegas has really overlooked this talented Broncos squad, I’m looking for their playmakers to have a big day, Orton, Moreno, Marshall, and Dumervil will be too much for the Chargers to handle and the Broncos will win this one outright.
Final score 28-21 Broncos.
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