Titans - Well Denver started off slow, but came alive in the second quarter. Tennessee did play stout and caused some problems especially on defense with Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting some passes and Shonn Greene scoring and causing havoc. Fitzpatrick repeatedly went after Kayvon Webster and Omar Boldin and hit passes more often than we wanted to see. Special teams arrived on the short bus again by letting Leon Washington return a long return that led to Greene's score and had some horrible penalties in the return game to cost a TD from Andre Caldwell and some modest gains by Wes Welker. Fortunately, Matt Prater was truly special with going 3 for 3 in FG including an NFL record kick of 64 yards. That was most impressive that he did that in sub-zero temps.
Peyton Manning quieted some critics of his playing in the cold by throwing 59 times for almost 400 yards in the air and 4 TDs. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas were also solid with their receiving. Despite the overturning of two TDs on the same drive in the first half, the offense shook it off and went wild. Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball were low for rushing yards, but were punishing on the running game. Their efforts kept the Titans honest and let Manning get the ball to his receivers. The crazy part of this game was the fact the offense had 90 snaps. If this offense gets 90 snaps in a game, it's a guaranteed win. With all the plays made, the Broncos won the game 51-28. What a nice way to welcome back Coach Fox. With that brief synopsis out of the way, we take a look at a familiar foe....
Chargers - The Chargers come in to Denver this Thursday at 6-7 and fresh off a 37-14 blowout win over the New York Giants. Philip Rivers threw for 3 TDs and Ryan Mathews ran for over 100 yards. Rivers' favorite target was Keenan Allen, who notched 2 TD catches. Danny Woodhead caught Rivers' other TD pass.
Rivers is playing as well as he has ever played this season and his offense is clicking with Allen and Woodhead getting the bulk of the receptions. Defensively, they are not nearly as good, but they do like to get hits to the QB. Don't forget the hit Peyton took at the end of the game the last time they played. On defense, the key is getting hits and sacks on Rivers, stopping the run threat to Mathews and keeping Allen and Woodhead from causing any damage. This is another game that having no turnovers on offense or ST will go a long way to winning the west and home-field in the playoffs. Well, that's all I have for this brief posting. Enjoy the quick turnaround and GO BRONCOS!!!