San Diego Chargers
Streak: Lost 1
All-time vs. Denver: 49-59-1
Last time: Broncos 35 Chargers 21 (10/23/14)
The Line: Broncos by 4
The Broncos absolutely dominated a depleted San Diego team. This was before the running game experienced it's renaissance and it still managed to rush for 139 yards on 30 carries. 3rd downs were key as the Broncos converted 8/13 against just 4/10 from the Charger offense. The ailing Charger secondary had no answer for Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas who combined for 225 yards on 17 receptions. Sanders proved to be a valuable redzone weapon catching a couple of TD passes within the five yard line to go along with a longer strike down the sideline.
Melvin Ingram has been on a hot streak ever since coming back from injury in week 11. Against the Patriots had 4 stops in the run game and a sack on Tom Brady where he used leverage to shove Nate Solder back before shedding the block to the inside.
Eric Weddle was one of the Chargers given coverage responsibilities on TE Rob Gronkowski and he did a fine job. On 2 targets Weddle allowed just one reception for 11 yards.
Phillip Rivers has slumped since the last Denver game. Over that six game stretch, Rivers is averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt with 9 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. His inconsistent play can be blamed primarily on a patchwork offensive line that is going on it's 5th starting center of the season. Rivers has been sacked 16 times in the past 6 games.
Matchup to Watch
Brandon Flowers vs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Both receivers have become hot targets for Manning with Julius Thomas out of the lineup. Flowers was out of the lineup the last time with a concussion.
Pot Roast vs. whoever is playing center. I think it's time for Pot Roast to increase his sack total on the season, what do you think?
Von Miller vs. the world
Von has averaged at least a sack a game against the Chargers over the course of his career.