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Now to what needs improvement.
The Broncos defense shined at moments, but when the team needed it most, it faded, surrendering huge plays, making key mental mistakes and blowing coverage to set the Chargers up with prime field position to clinch the game.
Right before halftime, Rivers burnt Cassius Vaughn on a deep pass to Malcom Floyd for a touchdown to tack on another seven points. Vaughn was out of position, giving the Chargers easy points.
On the final drive, which ultimately put the game out of reach for the Broncos, rookie Quinton Carter was torched by Floyd for a 38-yard reception that put the Chargers near field-goal range. Two plays later a costly unnecessary roughness penalty was called on Williams in retaliation to some extracurricular activity at the end of the play.
The Broncos defense was both an important reason the Broncos were in this game, and the reason the Broncos came up short in the end. Unfortunately, when it really mattered the defense had a few costly mistakes that Denver never recovered from in the closing minutes.
Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has to address these mental mistakes and maybe make some personnel adjustments to avoid the inconsistencies on defense.