The San Diego Chargers are preparing to meet the Denver Broncos on Thursday night with full intent of defeating another quarterback named Manning in what is a must-win game for the Chargers. With playoff implications on the line, which Chargers team is likely to show up at Invesco?
This Chargers’ team, the dominant one, is picking up momentum. But be wary, as that team has only won two back-to-back games this season. The nationally televised Thursday night game sets up a rematch from Week 10 where the Chargers were ready for 2014 by halftime. In their last meeting, Peyton Manning dissected the Chargers’ defense like a middle school science project.
The Chargers’ defense gave up big plays to Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas through miscommunication and blown coverage. This time around, the defense might be able to make plays. Every week, Manti Te’o gets acclimated to the speed and physicality of the game and having Melvin Ingram makes a difference in the pass rush, helping the defensive front seven look better.
Significant to both teams, the Broncos are likely to miss Wes Welker on Thursday night due to his concussion on Sunday. Even without Welker, Denver’s passing attack still looks solid with their receivers. Philip Rivers and Mike McCoy must score touchdowns in this meeting, as missed red zone opportunities plagued the Chargers’ loss.
This matchup pits David against Goliath. The Chargers must win at Invesco on a short week with temperatures in the 20s-30s come kickoff Rivers’ 27-7 record in December speaks for itself and the last time playoff chances were on the line against Denver, Rivers’ gave us this gem. The Chargers have more on the line here, so bank Rivers’ hands.