Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
Sunday – December 6 – 3:05 pm CT
Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, California
Brock Osweiler is the current starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. I like saying that because the Broncos needed a new flow on offense. He has a chance of winning the AFC West for the fifth consecutive year. The key is getting home field advantage well. San Diego on the other hand is trying to play spoiler by gaining a quality win over Denver and stalling their march to the title. Let’s take a look at the game by the numbers and key players for Sunday’s game. The Broncos have to win every single game left on the schedule to prove that they are the best team in the NFL and gain momentum heading into the playoffs.
Brock Osweiler is the key. Denver is ranked 23rd in the NFL in passing offense all due to the erratic play of Peyton Manning. Let’s face it, his decline hurt the Broncos offense. The offense is also ranked 12th in the rushing category. If the Broncos play like the team we’ve seen recently, beating the Chargers will be not hard at all. C. J. Anderson is running the ball like he’s leading the NFL in rushing. The Gary Kubiak offensive scheme works when the Broncos run first on first and second down.
After defeating the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots the defense has to pay attention every single down. DeMarcus Ware has been sidelined with a back injury and has been out for four games. The defense is still rolling.The Broncos are second in pass defense and second in rush defense. On the other hand the Chargers are seventh in passing offense and 30th in rush offense. The key is stopping Phillip Rivers. He can launch a pass from any angle to four receivers including TE Antonio Gates. The Chargers are eighth in Red Zone Offense but on defense the Broncos is tops with stopping opposing offenses inside the 20-yard line.
The spread says Broncos by 4. That’s a safe bet but I like think the Broncos will pull it off early with a mixture of the pass and run to keep the Charger offense on the sideline watching. The score won’t even be close as people think. Broncos 31 – San Diego 10.