The Denver Broncos will be traveling west to play the Los Angeles Chargers and here are three bold predictions for that game.
The Denver Broncos defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21 in Week 1. The Chargers are looking to avenge their loss while the Broncos want to get things back on track after a disastrous loss to the New York Giants last week.
The Broncos have won eight of their last ten games against Chargers and have an overall record of 65-50-1 in the series. This will be the first of three road games for Denver and theses three games will be the toughest part of their schedule. After last week’s loss, the Broncos need to come away with a win this week.
Los Angeles currently ranks 14th in the league with 345.2 total yards per game while ranking fourth in the league with 266.2 passing yards per game and 31st in the league with 79 rushing yards per game. This is a tremendous match up for the Broncos, because they one of the better defenses in the league that is rock solid against the run and pass. In their first meeting, the Broncos stifled Philip Rivers to 192 passing yards while also allowing just 249 total yards. As long as the defense plays to their potential they should be able to hold off the Chargers’ offense on Sunday.
Denver’s quarterback play could be the great equalizer in this game. If starting quarterback Trevor Siemian can’t move the chains and consistently connect with his receivers then it could be a long game for the Broncos. The offensive line also has been suspect, considering they gave up three sacks to stud pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul last week.
Melvin Ingram is looking to replicate Pierre-Paul’s production. In Week 1, he accumulated 1.5 sacks and three tackles, since then, he has accounted for five sacks in his last five games, averaging a sack per game. In week three against the Kansas City Chiefs he was able to sack the passer three times. The offensive line will have their hands full trying to keep Ingram at bay.
In order for the Broncos to win this game, they will need to establish the run. In their first game they were able to generate 140 yards on the ground. They may need to run the ball more in this game, considering the receiving corps won’t be at full health with Emmanuel Sanders not be able to suit up due to an injury.
Trevor Siemian wasn’t very effective last week and might need the run-game to help him get into more favorable situations. The Broncos have won all three of their games while rushing for over 100-yards. During their two losses, the team averaged just 74.5 rushing yards per game.
The last meeting between these two teams was ultra close and this game shouldn’t be anything different. Both teams are looking to make a push for the playoffs and a win this week for either team will put them back on track to possibly sneaking into the playoff picture. Here are three bold predictions for this week’s game.