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5 Advantages Denver Broncos Have Over San Diego Chargers

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5 Advantages the Denver Broncos have over the San Diego Chargers

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The second half of the season begins today for the Denver Broncos as they square off against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos are the favorites against a team that has had an up-and-down season, and today's game should go into the win column. But, going up against a division rival is never an easy task, especially when this rival is fighting for a chance to go into the postseason. The Chargers are looking good despite some games that they let slip away, especially last week's game in which they lost in overtime.

Denver is coming off a bye week, which happened to coincide with John Fox's open-heart surgery that will sideline him for most, if not all of the second half of the season. Jack Del Rio will coach for the first time since he was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be interesting to see how he does, and he should be okay.

When a football game is played, a team can have an advantage over the other team, whether it is based on their record, offensive stats, defensive stats, etc. Advantages can even come from emotional states. Here are five advantages that the Broncos have over the Chargers.

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5. Broncos' offensive weapons

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The Chargers have a good group of players, but I believe Denver has a lot of weapons and that San Diego's defense will not be able to stop all of them. With players such as Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker it can be hard to keep an eye on all three of them. Add Julius Thomas (if he plays today) and Knowshon Moreno in the mix, and you've got your hands full. The Chargers' defense will have a fit trying to stop all five weapons on this Broncos team.

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4. Broncos' Front Seven

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The Broncos' defense has started to gel together and play better, especially in the last game they played. Give credit to the front guys on that defense in causing problems for Robert Griffin III. How will Phillip Rivers fair against that pressure of the Broncos' defense? QBs often make bad decisions when they are pressured. The pressure created by Denver forced Griffin III to make costly mistakes. They will have to do that again against a quarterback who is doing well this season, despite the team's record.

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3. Trindon Holliday

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Whenever Trindon Holliday has a chance to return a punt or a kickoff, it can change the tide of the entire game. Even if he does not find the end zone this weekend, he can be trouble for the defense if he can get the Broncos deep into Chargers territory. Knowing the Chargers, they will do whatever it takes to make sure he does not have the chance to return one; so when Holliday has a chance, he will have to take the best of his opportunities.

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2. Peyton Manning

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Any team facing a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback is at a disadvantage. When Peyton Manning has the football, he is a master at controlling the game. He can avoid pressure, run the hurry-up offense and make plays that will help his team. If the Broncos can run the hurry-up today, the Chargers will have a hard time keeping up. If it goes into a shootout, there is no other player better than Manning to step up and lead the team to victory.

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1. Playing for John Fox

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Similar to what the Indianapolis Colts did last season when Chuck Pagano had to miss a few games, expect the Broncos to have a lot of heart out there in playing for John Fox. Perhaps the next catch phrase that will be used is Fox Strong. Okay, that's not an original catch phrase, but this team will be playing hard, which gives them that emotional advantage.