The San Diego Chargers have a tall task in front of them, but they should take solace in the fact that they have gone into Sports Authority Field at Mile High and beaten the Denver Broncos already this season.
Only a few weeks ago it was the Chargers that stunned the Broncos and started their roll towards the playoffs. The Chargers have been the hottest team, and Philip Rivers has been the hottest quarterback. That is a dangerous combination for any opponent to go against.
Rivers is on an absolute roll right now. He put on a clinic against the Cincinnati Bengals who happen to be a solid defensive ball club, but the Broncos are not.
The Broncos’ secondary has been a weak point all season long, and you can bet Rivers, being the wily veteran that he is will take advantage of that. Much like the great Peyton Manning, Rivers is fantastic at pinpointing a defense’s weak point and exposing it.
I’d expect points and lots of them in this one. While many think this will be a relative cakewalk for the Broncos they have another thing coming. I expect a competitive 60 minutes of football.
The Chargers know what it takes to beat this team. Head coach Mike McCoy was Manning’s offensive coordinator last season and knows his tendencies. The Chargers certainly have the blueprint.
Will they execute? That’s the real question. This one is going to be a barn-burner so get ready, folks. I think in the end, though, Manning and that explosive offense will prove to be too much for the Chargers to handle twice.
Final prediction? 41-38 Broncos.