When the Denver Broncos face off against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, it will be a matchup of two teams headed in completely opposite directions. The Broncos are rolling, thanks in large part to their much-publicized, miracle-wielding quarterback Tim Tebow, and a defense that is resurgent under first-year head coach John Fox. After losing four of their first five games, the Broncos have gone 4-1 since making the switch to Tebow, and sit one game out of first place behind the Oakland Raiders, a team they beat during that stretch.
Meanwhile, San Diego is reeling. Notoriously slow out of the gate, San Diego has historically found ways to right the ship and still make the playoffs, but this year appears to be very different. Losers of five straight, highly touted quarterback Philip Rivers leads the NFL in interceptions, and has had difficulty connecting with his receiving corps on a consistent basis. Throw in a defense that has been transparent at best, and the Chargers are mired at the bottom of a relatively weak AFC West.
To say the stakes are high in this contest is an understatement. Despite their poor start, the Broncos are eying first place, and regardless of their current funk, the Chargers believe they can still get back in it. However, the following slides provide 10 reasons why the Denver Broncos will ultimately prevail in this road matchup.