San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – 9.05am Monday NZ Time
This week the visitors to Sports Authority Field in Denver are the division rivals from the sunny West Coast, the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers have already inflicted a loss to the Broncos (their second one of the season two weeks ago) and here they go again in another match up.
To say the Chargers have choked this season is an understatement – up 24-3 in their opener against Kansas City they lost – up by 3 with a minute to go the Colts score a 63 yard touchdown they lose-up by 13 points against the Saints with 5 minutes to go, Drew Brees throws two touchdowns, another loss – a chipshot field goal to force overtime vs the Raiders a snap fumble and a loss. Get the picture?
Head Coach Mike McCoy is very much a Mr Vanilla when it comes to some of his coaching calls. Very conservative and holding a slight lack of character, he may struggle to be sunning himself at the San Diego beaches come next season. The Chargers front office has always been a bit dysfunctional with the latest debacle being not being able to agree terms with their first round draft pick Joey Bosa until week 3 of the season – he was drafted in April this year. All this means McCoy may still have a job come next season – who would know?
On the positive side they have a warrior in the massively underrated Philip Rivers at quarterback. With his Carolina drawl he’s as tough as they come and can still through a game winner. Unfortunately his receiving stocks are limited so the Chargers are a bit of a one man band. First round draft pick from last year Melvin Gordon has improved from his fumbling issues last season.
The Broncos easily accounted for the Texans last week however they have had a major setback this week with the potential season ending injury to their star running back, CJ Anderson. They are now hoping that rookies at both quarterback and in the running back stocks can keep the momentum going – it will be a tough call now to win the division.
The Broncos have a 4.5 point start at home here however the Chargers had their second win in a row for the season beating the Atlanta Falcons last week. A tough one to call and a potential upset may be on the cards with a Chargers win. They have done it before.
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