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SD vs Denver – Week 8 Preview

Derek Watt

Later today at 4:30 PM EST the San Diego Chargers will visit the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos and their vaunted defense in a game few wopuld have believed the Boltz had a chance in not long ago. Injuries (of course) set the tone. Not counting players already on the IL for the year you will find the status of Sundays participants below.

For the Chargers: LB Jeremiah Attaochu and CB Craig Mager are out. TE Hunter Henry, WR Travis Benjamin, LB Denzel Perryman and WR Tyrell Williams are questionable. CB Brandon Flowers and LB Joshua Perry should play.

For the Broncos: RB Cortelle Anderson is out. OC Matthew Paradis, LB Brandon Marshall, CB Aquib Talib and LB DeMarcus Ware are questionable. LB Shaquil Barrett, C James Ferentz, FB/RB Andy Janovich, QB Trevor Siemian, WR Demarius Thomas, DT Sylvester Williams and DE William Winn should play.

With All-World DE/LB DeMarcus Ware possibly probably returning for the game this changes everything for teams facing both him and Von Miller as bookend destructors. And I do mean everything.

Fortunately for Boltz faithful Philip Rivers is one of the few QB’s in the league equipped to handle handle the challenge as he is adept at making quick reads and won’t hesitate in his delivery. Of course that means it’s up to the Chargers receivers to get open quickly versus a VERY talented Broncos secondary and it’s easy to understand the hurdles one faces versus this group. The running game will be key in losening the Denver D up where Rivers can find enough room to opereate.

Rivers “should” be greatly helped by an opportunistic Chargers defense who  against suspect signal caller Trevor Siemian and lack of a dominant running attack should be able to give San Diego good field position and perhaps a turnover or two. With a resurgent defense in recent weeks the Boltz faithfull should be smiling ear to ear come Monday morning. They can watch Sports Center all week long and life will be good. If the defense can’t take advantage of the Broncos decimated RB unit and poor QB play it will be a long week, no TV and mumbling in the hallway as you nod and pass co-workers hoping to avoid any protracted conversations.

Wild card alerts: For the Broncos FB Andy Janovich is more than “just a FB” and needs to be accounted for on every play. For the Chargers it’s also a FB as Derek Watt needs to have a big day clearing the way for backfield mate Melvin Gordon. The Chargers running game gets going Rivers can keep his jersey clean. That’s a good thing.

What say you Sports Nation?

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