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NFL San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have an opportunity to save face

San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers will play the Denver Broncos today in Denver at 1:25 PM PDT.  In San Diego’s last game against Denver, they blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24.

San Diego was accused of using stickum in this game which was banned by the NFL in 1981.  While it turns out that San Diego did not use stickum, the accusation added insult to injury.

In order for the Lightning Bolts to redeem themselves today, they will need a balanced attack against a great Denver defense.

Denver allows 3.6 yards per rushing attempt which ranks second in the NFL while they allow 6.5 yards per pass attempt which ranks sixth in the league.

It could be difficult to establish this balance because Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is listed as questionable for today’s game with a neck injury.

In his career against Denver, Mathews averages 114 rushing yards per game.

Before his last game against Denver, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions for his career against them.

Rivers had two touchdowns, four interceptions and lost two fumbles in the loss against Denver.

San Diego needs to win today because they trail Denver by two games for the AFC West lead.

San Diego also trails the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers by two games for a wild card spot.

If San Diego loses today, they will be 4-6 while Denver will have a 7-3 record.

Denver would own the tiebreaker, so if San Diego finishes the season at 10-6, Denver would have to finish the season at 9-7 for San Diego to win the AFC West.