Hello folks! Hope everyone is back and well-rested for the next eight games. But much like the Broncos, we as fans still have to take every game one at a time (even if its tempting to looking forward to ending the Chiefs' "perfect" record). There will be plenty of time to talk about them next week. This week our focus is on facing another long-time AFC west rival, the San Diego Chargers.
It's amazing that even with a bye week, the Broncos still were in the news. While there were no arrests that we know of, the largest story was the heart scare that John Fox had. The good thing is that the heart doctor that he met with in the off-season was based in Charlotte, NC where Fox was playing golf. Fox knew that he needed to have a procedure on his aortic valve earlier this year and tried to put it off. Fortunately, he had people around that got him to the hospital quickly. He will be out from 4-8 weeks and the Broncos will now be led by Jack Del Rio in the interim. I as well as the rest of Broncos Country wish Coach Fox a speedy recovery. If you or anyone else have or think you may have a heart condition or a family history of heart problems, please get checked out. Your family will love you for it.
And now to the Chargers. This will be the first time that Denver meets San Diego this season with another meeting coming on a Thursday night next month. Also this is the first time that Denver plays against former OC Mike McCoy. As has been the case for the last several years, the Chargers are led by Philip Rivers. Rivers was a thorn in the Broncos' side until early 2011, thanks to the Chargers letting many of his offensive weapons leave via free agency and not getting any decent replacements. Since then, he has been an interception machine with 15 last year and 20 in 2011. He has seven picks so far this season with two of those happening against the Redskins this past weekend.
The RBs mainly consist of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Mathews will handle the majority of the carries with Woodhead coming in as more of a receiving threat rather than a rushing threat. The Chargers only rushed for 69 yards against Washington with Mathews having a mere 34 yards. Woodhead was second in receiving with 77 yards. The WRs include Keenan Allen, former Bronco Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown. They all have the ability to stretch the field for Rivers to throw deep. Rivers' safety blanket is still Antonio Gates who has been a killer of the Broncos in the past. Defensively, the Bolts are led by Eric Weddle and Manti Te'o (Tim Lynch's favorite player he wanted Denver to draft). The defense is not their strongest suit, but can cause some havoc against the run. As for the passing game, the secondary is shaky, but Weddle tends to make huge plays against the Broncos.
As for the game, the Broncos should be able to win as long as they get pressure against Rivers and snag some turnovers. My biggest worries are covering Gates and keeping an eye on Woodhead on swing passes. I see a lot of passing by both teams and Denver's D should be able to get the win. Don't be surprised if you see some major pressure applied to Rivers by Von Miller and Shaun Phillips. Phillips should be possessed playing against his former team. Rivers hates getting hit and sacked. The Bolts' OL is not one of their strong suits.
Offensively, the Broncos just need to keep Manning clean and no fumbles. While this game is a road game, there will be little to no crowd noise since the "Murph" will be covered in orange. The middle of the field should be a good area to get the running game going and we could see some hard rushes from Denver's backs in this game. I also see the outside WR get back on track with some strong receptions. As long as Denver plays like they are capable, the Broncos should win this one. That's all for now and GO BRONCOS!!!