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The Denver Broncos need a win over the San Diego Chargers to secure a first round bye and a fifth straight AFC West division title.

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San Diego Chargers
Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 2:25 PM MT
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12th Pass Off. 25th
32nd Rush Off. 15th
26th Pass Def. 1st
30th Rush Def. 1st
4-11 Sports Authority Field at Mile High 11-4
4th AFC West Spread: Broncos by 9 1st AFC West

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The Denver Broncos (11-4) have found themselves on the ropes several times over the last two months of the season, but every time they seem to throw a knockout punch to an supposedly superior foe as they did against both the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals in recent weeks.

With the San Diego Chargers (4-11) coming to town, the Broncos have to prove to themselves that they can levy a knockout punch to an inferior foe and win by a wide margin. The Broncos have been hard pressed to put up 30+ points this season, but this is a game they should.

On defense, the Chargers have a plethora of injuries that just keeps getting worse for them as they placed Eric Weddle on season-ending injured reserve. The depleted secondary, combined with key injuries along their front seven should give Brock Osweiler plenty of time to move the ball down the field.

Though the Chargers still have Philip Rivers, he has very little he can rely on offensively outside of Antonio Gates. The Broncos defense is the best in the NFL this year, so I just don't see how he'll be able to sustain drives unless T.J. Ward is rested. If that happens, then I expect Josh Bush to get destroyed by Gates on a few scoring drives.

Prediction: Broncos 31, Chargers 3

What is your prediction, Broncos Country?

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