2014 NFL Playoffs: 10 Bold Predictions For Broncos vs. Chargers
NFL Playoffs 2014: 10 Bold Predictions For Broncos vs. Chargers
The San Diego Chargers shocked the world this past Sunday when they knocked the Cincinnati Bengals out of the playoffs en route to their first playoff win since 2008. The win showed a lot about this Chargers team, but we will find out more about them in their next matchup against the Denver Broncos.
The game will be the third of the season between these two teams, so they are more than familiar with each other. They split meetings this season with each team winning on the road. Less than 10 points decided both games, so you know we are in for a great playoff game. The fact that these teams are division rivals makes it even more interesting.
The Chargers are reeking with confidence at this point. The Broncos, on the other hand, have not played since Week 17, and that could affect them come Sunday. The Chargers arguably played their best defense of the season against the Bengals, and they really dictated how the game was going to end. They gave the offense every opportunity to stay in control, and they didn't let the defense down. We saw similar production from them in their first meeting with the Broncos, but it may be hard to duplicate that against Peyton Manning and the Broncos' high-powered offensive attack.
All eyes will be on the quarterbacks on Sunday afternoon. Manning and Philip Rivers are both very talented. They have been good enough to account for all of the MVP votes for quarterbacks this season with Manning of course being the top vote getter. Expect great play from both of these players on Sunday. It will be a great day of football and no one knows what will happen. Still, I figured I would take the time to give you my 10 bold predictions for the game.
10. Peyton Manning Will Have Multiple Turnovers
Peyton Manning has been great at handling the ball, only throwing for 10 interceptions this year. Still he has fumbled 10 times, losing six. The Chargers will cause havoc in the backfield and force Manning to make multiple mistakes.
9. The Broncos Will Hold the Chargers under 100 Yards Rushing
The San Diego Chargers' run game has been great lately. Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown torched the Bengals on Sunday, but the Broncos will surprisingly hold the running backs in check.
8. A Broncos Receiver Will Have Three Touchdowns
We all know Manning can throw the ball and put up points. He broke the NFL single-season passing touchdown record this year. His receivers have benefited greatly from this, and one of them will flourish on Sunday.
7. The Chargers Will Have More Offensive Yards Than the Broncos
Both the Broncos and Chargers finished the season among the top five offenses in the league. Still, the Broncos were the top dogs, amassing over 450 yards per game -- almost 60 yards more than the Chargers. The Bolts will flip the script on Sunday by eclipsing the Broncos offensively.
6. Keenan Allen Will Have Two Touchdowns or More
Allen has been relatively quiet over the past couple of weeks, but he will resurface as a dominant force on the Chargers' offense this Sunday to torch the Broncos' secondary for multiple touchdowns.
5. The Broncos Will Rush For Over 150 Yards
The Broncos normally thrive off their passing attack, but a solid performance on the ground will push them closer to making it to the AFC Championship game.
4. Rivers Will Have More Passing Yards Than Manning
We know Manning is the best quarterback in the league and usually outplays all opposing QBs. That was not the case in the first meeting between these two teams, and it will be the same story on Sunday when Rivers passes for more yards than Manning.
3. The Chargers Will Have Three Sacks or More
The Bolts are not a force on the defensive side, but sometimes they show flashes of greatness. They did just that against the Bengals, and they will continue to shine against the Broncos' offensive line.
2. Philip Rivers Will Not Turn the Ball Over
Prior to this season, Rivers was the poster-child for turnovers. He was been much better this season, but we have seen some costly turnovers by Rivers. It is even harder to take care of the ball in the playoffs when teams are hungrier than ever, but Rivers will find a way to take care of the ball and put his team in the perfect position on win this game.
1. The Chargers Will Upset the Broncos
I do not think many people will be choosing the Chargers when picking a winner for this matchup, and that is just the motivation they will need to come through with their second upset in just as many weeks. The win will put them back in the AFC Championship for the first time since their forgettable matchup in 2008 against the New England Patriots.