This week on Thursday Night Football, we’re in for a treat as the San Diego Chargers hit the road to face-off against division rival Denver Broncos. The last meeting did not go so well for the Chargers, who lost 28-20 after trailing the entire game.
This time around, the Chargers are a bit more confident after a big win against the New York Giants in Week 14. Although, that could mean that Peyton Manning is a little upset at Philip Rivers for handing his little brother a season-crushing loss. Prior to their last meeting, the Chargers were caught off guard in a Week 9 loss to the Washington Redskins. Coming off a win puts them in better position for this game.
The Chargers are only one of three teams to keep the score within eight points in a loss against the Broncos this season. I know, a loss is a loss,but there is no harm in extracting the positive things. There is no doubt in my mind that the Bolts can march into Denver and leave as victors. They have failed in all three prior attempts to defeat the Broncos since Manning got there. You would think that something would have to give eventually.
If the Chargers are going to win this game, then they will have to rely on Rivers and not expect their defense to be of any help. It is not that the defense is very bad — it is more about them facing a team that averages 39 points per game. This game has “shootout” written all over it and Rivers is more than capable of going toe-to-toe with not only Manning, but also any elite quarterback in the NFL. Rivers is having one of the best seasons of his career and he has restored faith around the organization with his excellent play.
I would not be quick to doubt the Chargers’ chance of winning this matchup. If Rivers gets going, then the rest of the team will follow. Danny Woodhead has been extremely good all season long and he makes for a very tough matchup for any defense. Keenan Allen will be looking to continue as one of the top rookies in the league after scoring two touchdowns last week.
This game is a must-win for the Chargers if they want to stay alive in the playoff race. They are going to be ready this Thursday. They have had some extremely bad luck in prime time games, but they will have to put those woes behind them. Expect the Bolts’ offense to go blow-for-blow with Denver’s offense in what will be a classic war between division rivals. If the Chargers can play up to their potential, then they will knock off the Broncos on Thursday.