The Denver Broncos don’t have much to play for heading into this game against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football November 22nd. The San Diego Chargers play with much more confidence when they are near the Pacific Ocean and this game will prove the point. Josh McDaniels could be on thin ice if he cannot right the Denver Broncos sinking ship and this game does not bode well for his chances.
The Denver Broncos offense has added the running game to their arsenal with the return of Knowshon Moreno. The Denver Broncos pulled out all the stops against their AFC West rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. The burning question will now be if the Denver Broncos can crush the NFL Playoff hopes of the San Diego Chargers in this game.
Denver Broncos Defense vs San Diego Chargers Offense
The Denver Broncos defense has played well on the edges when Champ Bailey is healthy. Andre Goodman has been picked on in his first few games back opposite Bailey and he may not be getting much time on the field if continues be slow to pick up the pace. The loss of Elvis Dumervil has been devastating to the Denver Broncos pass rush and it could be a huge problem in this game if they cannot pressure Phillip Rivers.
Phillip Rivers is amazing and if he can steer this train wreck of a team into the NFL Playoffs he deserves the NFL MVP hands down. Rivers has racked up his league leading passing yards with UFL rejects and kids that did not start on their high school teams. One pressing need for the San Diego Chargers to make the NFL Playoffs is the running game. they must get Ryan Mathews developed before the NFL Playoffs begin or they will be one and done. The San Diego Chargers offense has the edge over the Denver Broncos defense.
San Diego Chargers Defense vs Denver Broncos Offense
Kyle Orton started the season on fire in the passing department and now the schedule will eat him up. This game against the San Diego Chargers defense will test his mettle. The Denver Broncos have been rushing for a league worst 67 yards per game and this defines their season. Knowshon Moreno’s injury issues have been a factor but the lack of production from other running backs on the depth chart is the real problem.
No running game will get NFL teams only so far in this league. Orton and the Denver Broncos are among the top five passing teams in the NFL but as teams watch their weak running game they will scheme against the pass. Brandon Lloyd has been the best surprise of the season for Josh McDaniels as the teams new number one wide receiver.
The San Diego Chargers defense is holding teams to to the least amount of rushing yardage and passing yardage in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers secondary has played well this season after replacing Antonio Cromartie on the corner with Antoine Cason.
Cason has been smoked in a few games but has played well overall on the corner. The real improvement has come at the linebacker position. Shaun Phillips is the sack leader in the San Diego Chargers 3-4 defense. The San Diego Chargers defense has the edge over the Denver Broncos defense.
Denver Broncos vs San Diego Chargers -10.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The M Resort has posted the San Diego Chargers as a huge 10.5 point favorite over their AFC West rivals the Denver Broncos. This game is an AFC West clash and most of these games are close to the vest games that are decided in the last seconds. This game will not follow that pattern.
The Denver Broncos are 1-3 on the road against the spread and have one only one game on the road this season. The San Diego Chargers are best on their home field and are not a gracious host to their NFL brethren. They are 3-1 against the spread at home and they must make a statement in this game to their fans and the rest of the NFL. Take the San Diego Chargers and lay the 10.5 points over the Denver Broncos.
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