TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Weather: High 69, Low 48
Line: Denver (-7)
A few weeks ago, it looked like the Denver Broncos were unbeatable. They were one of the best teams out there and there wasn’t a soul who could slow down the powerful offense. Well, they have lost a game and it still looks like the Broncos are the scariest team out there with Peyton Manning playing at an MVP-type level. Manning has led the Broncos to the top offensive ranking in points and yards per game this season, passing for 2,919 yards and 29 touchdowns halfway through the season. Demaryius Thomas leads all receivers in yards with 685 to go along with six touchdowns and 48 catches. Wes Welker leads the team in catches as well as touchdowns, catching 50 passes for 555 yards and nine touchdowns. Knowshon Moreno has exceeded expectations this season, running for 456 yards and eight touchdowns.
The San Diego Chargers have to be one of the league’s biggest surprises this season with a 4-4 record. Not many believed Philip Rivers could do anything with this team and he has proved that to be the exact opposite. Rivers has passed for 2,473 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season, proving that his career is far from on the way down. He has connected with tight end Antonio Gates 48 times for 550 yards and two touchdowns and Keenan Allen 34 times for 527 yards and three scores. Ryan Matthews leads the run game with 480 yards and a touchdown for the 20th-ranked rushing offense.
Defensively, the Broncos rank 25th in points allowed per game to go along with a 24th in total yards allowed per game while ranking 30th in passing yards allowed — good news for Rivers. The Chargers rank 28th in the league in total yards allowed per game as well as 27th in passing yards allowed per game while giving up the 11th-least amount of points per game.
PREDICTION: Broncos 35, Chargers 28