The Denver Broncos improved to 7-6 after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers by the score of 24-7. This was a dominant win by the Broncos who have now won six of their last seven games and are once again, firmly in the AFC postseason conversation.
In this one, we have a lot of winners and one very disappointing loser, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives in this one. So, here are your winners and losers from the Broncos' 24-7 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Wide Receiver Courtland Sutton
He did it again. Courtland Sutton hauled in another highlight-reel touchdown in this game. It was a one-handed catch in the end zone with a defensive back grabbing him and getting flagged for defensive pass interference. It was an incredible play by Sutton who is making this a weekly thing which is something we all can get behind.
This was Sutton’s 10th touchdown reception this season which is an incredible number to reach. He was viewed as a disappointment these past few seasons and was mentioned in trade rumors this offseason but he has proven his importance to the Broncos this season.
Sutton is the Broncos' clear number-one receiver and has been one of the better and most productive receivers in the league this season.
Cornerback Ja’Quan McMillian
What a find! The former undrafted rookie has been a weekly standout player for the Broncos and that was the case once again this week.
Ja'Quan McMillan is a Pro Bowler. pic.twitter.com/WBjmT6YUqX— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 10, 2023
He had multiple PBU’s, blitzed from the slot, and is proving to be a key member of this Broncos secondary currently and into the future. He’s given off Chris Harris Jr. vibes. A former undrafted rookie who is flourishing in the slot.
His day would have been bigger if the refs did not call back a potential strip sack that he returned for a touchdown. I still say it was a touchdown but of course, my glasses are the brightest shade of orange.
Either way, it was another solid game for the Broncos ascending slot corner.
Running Back Javonte Williams
Javonte’s comeback from a serious knee injury continues to be impressive. The Broncos lead back had himself arguably his best game of the season and he had his first rushing touchdown since December of 2021.
He finished the game with 17 carries for 66 yards and 1 touchdown while adding 3 catches for 25 yards through the air. It was a solid showing for the Broncos back who was a key part of the offense during this afternoon’s game.
Broncos pass rush
The Broncos pass rush came alive in this one. They sacked Chargers quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Easton Stick a total of six times in this game. They needed to be strong for the Broncos to win this game and they did just that.
We saw linebackers Alex Singleton and Josey Jewell get a sack, safety Justin Simmons was credited with a sack, Zach Allen had a sack, Ja’Quan McMillian and Nik Bonitto were both credited with a half of a sack whole safety P.J. Locke ended the game with a strip sack of Easton Stick.
We’ll need this sort of effort from the Broncos next Saturday Night when they head to Detroit to take on the explosive Lions offense.
Head Coach Sean Payton
He was a late add to the winner’s list but his play design on the Broncos' final touchdown of the game was beautiful and deserved to be mentioned.
Sean Payton designs a beautiful play that leaves TE Adam Trautman WIDE OPEN in the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN!pic.twitter.com/x9NJX9usEY— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 11, 2023
The play-action out of a power formation that looked like a scramble but ended as a touchdown pass to a WIDE OPEN Adam Trautman. It was just a beautiful play design and something we have not seen from the Broncos in quite some time.
Punter Riley Dixon
It’s not often you see a punter get mentioned as a winner, but Riley Dixon was huge for the Broncos in this one. He had a total of 7 punts in this one but 5 of them were downed within the 20-yard line and setting the Chargers up in awful field position.
Field position is key and Dixon helped the Broncos win that part of the game in this one.
WR Jerry Jeudy
I want to defend Jerry Jeudy because he does get open a lot, he does have a bunch of talent, and should be producing better than he has been but, games like this make that difficult.
First, Jeudy was once again WIDE OPEN down the field, and Wilson threw a good ball to him but he just missed it. An inexcusable missed catch that would have gone for a huge gain and set the Broncos up in the red zone.
The next one was on an apparent touchdown reception. He got open, made the catch, and appeared to get a touchdown for the Broncos. However, he did not get his second foot in bounds and the play was called incomplete. The Broncos would later settle for a field goal.
It was a tough game for the Broncos former first-round pick.