The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers have trended in opposite directions in 2015, with the Broncos playoff-bound and the Chargers, as of a week ago, potentially gunning for the top overall draft pick in the 2016 Draft. However, the Broncos have won a lot of close games, while the Chargers have lost those same close games. Perhaps these teams are closer competitively than their records indicate.
"My concerns are preparation," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "In this league, it's going to be tough every week. This team that we're playing is very capable. They've been in every game that they've played. They've lost some really close games in the fourth quarter. They have one of the top quarterbacks in football and we have to go play on the road. All of those things just keep you focused. We haven't done anything. We've won some games and had a big win last week, but we have a long way to go. We need to stay focused on what we're doing."
Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for Sunday, December 6th at 2:05 Mile High time (that's 1:05 p.m. local Pacific time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on CBS (KCNC-TV in Denver), and if you're in the GREEN, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend in your area.
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (color analyst), and Scott Kaplan (sideline) will call the game.
Scouting the enemy: San Diego Chargers
The Denver Broncos head to Qualcomm Stadium this weekend to take on the San Diego Chargers in their first meeting of the 2015 season.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
The Denver Broncos are pretty banged up - not only will Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware miss the game, but T.J. Ward and Sylvester Williams are each out after sustaining ankle injuries against the Patriots in Week 12. Louis Vasquez is questionable.
On the San Diego side, a lot of players are on Injured Reserve, but T.J. Fluker and King Dunlap are out while a handful of others are questionable.
Gary Kubiak was asked Thursday if he thought the Broncos were running the ball more effectively because the quarterback, Brock Osweiler, was lining up more under center. "I don't know," Kubiak said. "We didn't run well at times last week. Early in the game we didn't run the ball well. We just kind of stuck with it. I think when you're under center that the ball gets to the line of scrimmage a little bit quicker sometimes, but you could do different things out of the gun, too. That's the only big difference, but I just think that the last two weeks we've kind of stuck with it. We've been patient. In Chicago, we got ahead in the game. Last week we were down, but we stayed patient. That defense was keeping us in the game. I think it's kind of been about how we've played. If we can continue to play that way, hopefully we'll run the ball better."
The Broncos are 4-point favorites on the road against the Chargers, the first time the Broncos have opened as favorites in the Brock Osweiler era.