When and where: Sunday, 4:40pm. Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado (Just call it Mile High Stadium agian, please).
San Diego had to get a lot of help to make the playoffs this year, but they managed to take advantage of their opportunity last weekend when they traveled to Cincinnati and completely controlled their matchup against the Bengals. The Chargers are lead on offensive by veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers, who had himself a very good season, tossing for 4,478 and 32 touchdowns while completing 69.5% of his passes. They also had two thousand yard performers on their squad with Ryan Matthews rushing for 1,255 yards and Keenan Allen picking up 1,046 yards receiving. The Chargers defense played a whale of a game last weekend in Cinci, but for the year they ranked 23rd in the NFL in total defense.
The Broncos are an offensive juggernaut, plain and simple. Peyton Manning had a record breaking season with a ridiculous 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes. Peyton has plenty of weapons to throw to including, Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker, all of whom had more than 750 yards receiving. The Broncos also had a thousand yard rusher in Knowshon Moreno. The Broncos also struggled a bit on defense this year, ranking 19th in total defense, it wasn’t much of an issue because they could simply outscore their opponents on most weeekends.
Prediction: A high scoring affair. If you’re a fan of old school, smash mouth, “four yards and a cloud of dust” football skip this one. I don’t foresee too many punts during this game as both teams can really move the ball and neither are great defensively. Manning and Rivers will likely both put up astronomical stats in this one but I expect the Broncos to advance past the Chargers.
San Diego 31 – Denver 41