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What stat is most important to the Broncos winning against the Chargers?

The guys on 1st and 10 at 10 asked Matt Boyer about their poll question, and he had an interesting response.

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First and 10 at 10 on Orange and Blue 760 is always a fun listen. Today was no exception. Ryan Edwards and Andrew Mason had some fun with Steve Atwater. His movie, Deadtone aka 75, they asked Matt Boyer some 75 related stats that could lead to the Broncos winning.

The stats that the guys went with were; Melvin Gordon rushing for less than 75 yards, Case Keenum with a passer rating of more than 75, Emmanuel Sanders with more than 75 yards receiving and a touchdown, or less than 75 yards in penalties. All of those stats look like they could be important in the Denver Broncos coming away with a win, but Boyer was torn between two in particular.

Holding Melvin Gordon under 75 rushing yards could be the hardest task on that list, and fewer than 75 penalty yards would be a clean game for Denver. Boyer said it had to be between those two stats. In the end, Gordon’s impact on the Chargers offense is too important to ignore.

Boyer makes a great point about teams that lose close games. Players usually end up talking about how they beat themselves, and penalties are a huge part of that. Andrew Mason pointed out that the Broncos are 1-5 in the last two years when they have more than 75 penalty yards. The recipe for success seems pretty obvious at that point. Play a clean game, and stop Melvin Gordon.