Much has been said in praise of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert’s start in the NFL. He and Patrick Mahomes are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to start their career with 250 yards or more passing in each of their first five games.
The caveat there is the lack of success in the win column. Herbert finally notched his first win as a starting quarterback last week in a shootout with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They now have wins against two one-win teams. The Broncos aren’t much better off with wins against a two-win and a zero-win team this season.
For the Broncos, the key to this game will be on defense. If there were a defense that could shut down Herbert and make for an ugly game it would be this Broncos defense. Denver has the seventh best defense according to DVOA heading into Week 8.
The winner of this game will keep their season alive. The loser will be officially looking ahead to 2021 with nine more games still left to play.
Here is how to watch.
When: Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time
Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), and Jay Feely (sideline).
Radio: Nationally - ESPN radio | KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM
The TV map shows a lot of YELLOW this week, so if you live in one of those areas you will get the Broncos-Chargers game on your local CBS affiliate.
NFL Game Pass (After the game)
Broncos injury report
|Austin Schlottmann||G||NIR||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||DNP*||QUESTIONABLE|
Chargers injury report
|Melvin Ingram III||DE||Knee||LIMITED||LIMITED*||FULL|
|KJ Hill Jr.||WR||Hip||FULL||FULL*||FULL|
|Forrest Lamp||G||NIR||NOT LISTED||DNP*||FULL|
|Trey Pipkins III||T||NIR||NOT LISTED||DNP*||RESERVE/COVID|
|Easton Stick||QB||NIR||NOT LISTED||DNP*||FULL|
According to SportsBetting.com, the Broncos were 3-point home underdogs to the Chargers earlier this week. As for Saturday, the line had expanded a bit to 3.5-points in favor of the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.
The Broncos own a 67-52-1 all-time record over the Chargers dating back to the founding of the AFL in 1960. That dominance extended through the last decade where Denver won 14 out of 20 games against the Chargers, including three of the last four. At 2-4, Denver will need a clean sweep of the Chargers again in 2020 to have a shot at a winning record this season.
Fan confidence plummeted after the 43-16 blowout home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. From 72% to 45% from the week prior to this week. The Broncos have a softer schedule the next two weeks, so another back-to-back win performance would swing this number to new heights.
On MHR Radio this week, Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati believe the Broncos have come to a fork in the road for the 2020 season.
Cover 2 Broncos with Jeff Essary and Joe Rowles broke down the film from the Broncos- with Jeff Essary and Joe Rowles focused in on Drew Lock and his struggles in the passing game in the teams loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.
On the SSB podcast this week, Jess Place, Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, and Tim Lynch briefly looked back at the Chiefs disaster and then ahead to the critical game on Sunday against the Chargers.
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Broncos 2020 schedule
|1||9/14/2020||vs. Tennessee Titans (MNF)||8:10 PM||ESPN||14-16||0-1|
|2||9/20/2020||at Pittsburgh Steelers||11:00 AM||CBS||21-26||0-2|
|3||9/27/2020||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2:25 PM||FOX||10-28||0-3|
|4||10/1/2020||at New York Jets (TNF)||6:20 PM||FOX||37-28||1-3|
|6||10/18/2020||at New England Patriots||11:00 AM||CBS||18-12||2-3|
|7||10/25/2020||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||2:25 PM||CBS||16-43||2-4|
|8||11/1/2020||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||31-30||3-4|
|9||11/8/2020||at Atlanta Falcons||11:00 AM||CBS||27-34||3-5|
|10||11/15/2020||at Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||12-37||3-6|
|11||11/22/2020||vs. Miami Dolphins||2:05 PM||CBS||20-13||4-6|
|12||11/29/2020||vs. New Orleans Saints||2:05 PM||CBS||3-31||4-7|
|13||12/6/2020||at Kansas City Chiefs (SNF)||6:20 PM||NBC||16-22||4-8|
|14||12/13/2020||at Carolina Panthers||11:00 AM||CBS||32-27||5-8|
|15||12/19/2020||vs. Buffalo Bills||2:30 PM||NFLN||19-48||5-9|
|16||12/27/2020||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||16-19||5-10|
|17||1/3/2021||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS|