When the Denver Broncos take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football, they will be looking to wash away the stains of their first defeat of the season. The crowd should have a significant contingent of Bronco fans, so that should help.
Here are the three most important keys the Broncos must unlock to come out victorious.
1. Protect the damn quarterback
I’ve been beating this drum all week. Ten sacks in two games with one resulting in an injured starting quarterback is unacceptable. Trevor Siemian is questionable, but Mike Klis of 9News broke the story that he will start. His shoulder can’t possibly be 100% by now, so keeping him clean is the biggest key to keeping the offense in rhythm.
2. Sack City
Nothing gets Phillip Rivers flustered and making those iconic faces of disappoint than having Von Miller and the Sack City crew up in his grill all night long. It may not be one of the most important keys to victory, but it sure does make me feel good. It’ll also keep Rivers from having one of these kinds of days.
Wade Phillips: "Every week we get a QB that's thrown for 300, 400, 500 yards the week before ... (Rivers) is a really great quarterback."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) October 11, 2016
3. Running the ball would be nice
Not only has the offensive line been struggling in pass protection, they can’t even open up some holes for C.J. Anderson or Devontae Booker on a consistent basis. Who knew Donald Stephenson and Virgil Green would be the linchpin to the Broncos success in all phases of their offensive line unit. Bubble wrap these fools!
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