The 4-1 Denver Broncos travel to San Diego to take on the 1-4 Chargers for this week’s Thursday night matchup. The Broncos suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Falcons 26-13 in Denver. They only scored 3 points through the first 3 quarters and their comeback attempt fell short despite 13 4th quarter points. The Chargers fumbled twice in the closing minutes with both leading to touchdowns in their 35-34 loss last week on the road to the Oakland Raiders. San Diego’s 4 losses have been by a combined 13 points and they have yet to be beaten by more then 6 points.
Rookie Paxton Lynch got his first career start over injured quarterback Trevor Siemien and he had mixed day. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 223 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 6 times for a loss of 40 yards. His favorite target was Emanuel Sanders who had 7 catches for 80 yards. Demariyus Thomas also had a nice day with 5 catches for 49 yards and the team’s only touchdown. C.J. Anderson led the team with 41 rush yards on 11 carries. Defensively, they did not force a turnover and had 2 sacks and 4.5 tackles for losses. They did a great job on Julio Jones who had only 2 catches for 29 yards. They allowed the Falcons to gain 122 rushing yards on 32 carries.
San Diego had 4 turnovers last week including 2 interceptions by Philip Rivers. Besides those picks Rivers had a monster day by completing 21 of his 30 passes for 359 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the year, he has thrown 11 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin each had 117 receiving yards with Williams catching a touchdown. Three different receivers had receptions that went for at least 50 yards. They struggled running the ball as Melvin Gordon had 69 of the teams 72 rushing yards on 16 carries. Defensively, they gave up over 400 yards of offense but did have an interception and 3 sacks for a loss of 17 yards. They did a good job against the run allowing 89 yards on 25 carries.
Trevor Siemien’s status for this game is still questionable as he was limited in Tuesdays practice with a shoulder injury. The Broncos are 3-1-1 against the spread this season including 2-0 on the road. San Diego is 3-2 against the spread this year including 1-1 at home. The Broncos are 4-point favorites in this game despite the uncertainty at quarterback and the Chargers having home field advantage. These two teams met last December with the Broncos dominating the Chargers 17-3. This is a matchup of good offense versus good defense as San Diego has scored at least 30 points in 4 of the teams 5 games while Denver has yet to give up more than 20 points in a game.
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