It was a hard week for Broncos fans having to listen to Main Stream Media (MSM) boast about the Chargers. The MSM boasted that their running game is unstoppable, how they keep Peyton Manning off the field, and how they are hot after winning 5 in a row. And we continue to hear over and over that the Chargers beat us at home, the last and only team to do that to us this year.
But they fail to mention that we didn't have Wes Welker, they fail to mention we played over 90 offensive snaps and then had a short week of rest, and they fail to mention we were still looking for an answer in the defensive trenches following the loss of Vickerson.
Fear not Broncos fans, it seems that was just part of the old "make it seem close so people watch" playbook. As all the expert picks are in, they overwhelmingly favor the Broncos. And luckily enough, we didn't get the unanimous ESPN panel to favor the Broncos which can be seen as a bad omen (look no further than the Eagles).
ESPN: 13 picking Broncos, 1 picking Chargers
CBS: 8 picking Broncos, 1 picking Chargers
FOX: 4 picking Broncos, 0 picking Chargers
USA Today: 7 picking Broncos, 0 picking Chargers
Pro Football Focus: 8 picking Broncos, 0 picking Chargers
Bleacher Report: 11 picking Broncos, 1 picking Chargers
SB Nation: 5 picking Broncos, 1 picking Chargers
NFL Network: 13 picking Broncos, 4 picking Chargers (By far and away the most Chargers picks, also not all have made their picks)
69 out of 77 (90%) are picking the Broncos!
Note: I did not include any Fan Votes, but every single one had the Broncos winning.
My Prediction: Broncos 38, Chargers 24