The battle for the AFC West cellar goes down today. Both the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers are 5-9, so the winner of this game will likely avoid the fate of being 2020’s AFC West last place team.
Early Sunday, Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos have confirmed with him that they will not be making any head coaching changes for the 2021 season. This means Vic Fangio is secure for another season in Denver.
Fangio has had a rough start to his coaching career after finishing 7-9 last season with three different starting quarterbacks and has a chance to repeat that mark again this year by winning his final two games. He again went through four different starting quarterbacks and losing enough players that it would take some time to count them all up.
The Broncos front office reportedly likes the way Fangio operates and understands the challenges he faced all season long, so they are not interested in making a head coaching change at this time.
The Broncos recognize the importance of stability and believe in Fangio, according to sources. They know how he operates, respect his approach and believe he was dealt a difficult hand this season between the Broncos’ early-season injuries — including to star pass-rusher Von Miller and top wide receiver Courtland Sutton — and other challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including playing a game without any experienced NFL quarterbacks on the roster.
As a fan, I welcome this news wholeheartedly. Making a coaching change at this point would just throw the entire franchise into chaos again and likely give Drew Lock a third offensive coordinator in three years. Staying the course really is the only viable option right now.
Here’s how to watch today’s game.
When: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time
Where: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst), and Amanda Ballionis (sideline).
Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM
If you see ORANGE in the map below, then you will get the Broncos-Chargers game on CBS this weekend.
If you see ORANGE in your area, you will get the #Broncos #Chargers game on TV. #DENvsLAC https://t.co/hTINVRTLmr— Tim Lynch (@TimLynch1978) December 24, 2020
NFL Game Pass (After the game)
Broncos injury report
|Phillip Lindsay||RB||Hip / Knee||DNP||DNP||DNP*||OUT|
|Demar Dotson||T||Hand / NIR||FULL||LIMITED||FULL*|
|Graham Glasgow||G||Foot / Hand||FULL||FULL||FULL*|
|Nate Harrison||CB||Toe||NOT LISTED||DNP||LIMITED*||QUESTIONABLE|
Chargers injury report
|Joey Bosa||DE||Shin / Concussion||LIMITED||LIMITED||LIMITED*||OUT|
|Chris Harris Jr.||CB||Foot||LIMITED||FULL||FULL*|
Broncos Betting Odds
According to SportsBetting.com, the Broncos are once again underdogs. They are down 2.5 points to the Chargers despite both teams having the same record heading into this game and the Broncos have a much harder strength of schedule. The over/under is set at 47.
The Broncos and Chargers have a long history as AFC West rivals. It has been one the Broncos have mostly dominated with a 68-52-1 all-time record. Even recently, they Broncos have had the Chargers number having won four of the last five. Since 2011, Denver is 15-4 against the Chargers.
Despite the blowout loss last week, Broncos Country’s support of the team didn’t waiver much. It held strong at 50% leading me to believe that we’re thinking injuries and lack of an offseason is what has really derailed this team’s season. I tend to agree with that. Head Coach Vic Fangio has done a fine job coaching and keeping this team competitive despite losing so many players to injury and Drew Lock needing much of the season to grow comfortable under the new offensive system.
On MHR Radio this week, Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati are tired of losing.
Cover 2 Broncos with Joe Rowles and Joe Mahoney break down Drew Lock’s first 16 games as an NFL starter.
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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|