This week the Broncos are coming off a bye week following a week 9 loss at home to the Texans. Currently, the Broncos are sitting at 3-6 and it’s evident the players are unhappy about the position the team is in. However, after a nice long week of rest and taking time to make changes, the team is looking to make a turn around heading into the back end of the season. Whatever the problems for the Broncos are, it’s most certainly not the roster. The team is stacked with talent on both sides of the ball. It’s apparent one of the issues for the team is the coaching.
Week 11 features the Broncos traveling down to Los Angeles to have the first game of the season against the Chargers. In the history of matchups with the Chargers, the Broncos have played a total of 116 games against them. The head to head record is 64-51-1 in favor of the Broncos. Last time these teams faced off was last season on October 22. In that game, the Broncos were shut out by the Chargers and completely embarrassed. The Boltz are playing even better this year then they were last time these two teams met. The Broncos have continued to struggle.
If the Broncos want to be successful this time in L.A. they need the offense to step up the way they did in week 9 against the Texans. Case Keenum needs to connect with his playmakers early and often. Also, another part of the puzzle comes from the run game. The ground attack needs to be running hard and heavy when carrying the rock on Sunday. Phillip Lindsay leads all rookies in rushing yards this season, and he looks to continue on the foundation he’s laid out. One thing that Denver has going in their favor is that star chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa has been injured this year and if he is out, it will be one less thing for the team to worry about.
Ed Note: Bosa was a limited participant in Wednesday’s afternoon practice.
On defense, the front will have to figure out not only how to stuff the trenches but also stop Melvin Gordon. Von Miller needs to get involved in the game and make plays throughout the entire 60 minutes. When Miller is actively engaged he can be the difference maker for the struggling Denver team. Rookie Bradley Chubb appears eager to keep making an impact on the field after being named rookie of the month. The secondary will have their hands full with Keenan Allen who has been playing really well along with other receivers Tyrell Williams. As long as the defense plays aggressive and doesn’t give up big plays they have a shot at winning this game.
The Broncos face a challenge as they take on the Chargers on the road. Not to mention the last time they were in L.A. they got shut out. The odds are definitely not in favor of Denver. I foresee a loss by a margin of 24-10 in favor of the Chargers. Hopefully, I will be wrong (I’ll be at the game). Kickoff is slated for 1:05 pm PT.
Until next time, Keep Calm and Bronco On!