Like ships passing in the night, this late-slot Sunday game features teams heading in opposite directions. Denver shellacked the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7. That is the only thing standing between them and a 7-game losing streak.
General manager John Elway saw fit to trade Demaryius Thomas away at the deadline and hand the WR-2 role to rookie Courtland Sutton. With rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay managing the running game and fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton starting at wide receiver alongside a young quarterback, the team appears to be looking forward to next season.
Not that things are bad in Denver. Their 2018 draft class could go down as one of the best in history with exciting contributors on defense, too. But a year of seasoning and a few key additions to fill some gaps should return Denver to the ranks of perpetual playoff contenders sooner than expected.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers are there. Phillip Rivers is playing good football, directing a balanced and diverse offensive attack. With a defense that survived injuries to round into a strong unit even before Joey Bosa returns, the Chargers could make some noise in this year’s run to the Super Bowl.
Their only two losses came at the hands of the Chiefs and Rams, and neither game was a blowout. Fans are expecting this team to play well into January.
Injuries and notes
Denver lists both DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and Freeman (ankle) as questionable. Freeman will almost certainly play, while Hamilton is a little more uncertain.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) joins safety Darian Stewart and cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) as questionable. All are expected to suit up against the Chargers.
The Chargers list four defensive players as questionable. Only Bosa is expected to miss this week’s game.
Anthony Lynn has his troops on board and ready to take on anyone. The Chargers reflect the confidence of their coach and still play like they are trying to erase last season’s 0-4 start.
Vance Joseph’s future in Denver is not as certain. Elway says only that he will finish the season and be evaluated as part of the normal procedures. However, Joseph continues to feed critics with questionable decisions and appears to be on the way out.
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Who will win the Chargers-Broncos game?
Denver has a talented and very young team, which makes them a threat to play over their heads in any given week.
But it won’t be enough this week. Los Angeles is determined to roll through the season and, no upstarts can come down from the mountains and hold them back in front of their home crowd.
Final score: Chargers 28, Broncos 17