The Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers are both members of the West Division in the American Football Conference (AFC). In this, the 2015-2016 Season, that is all these two squads have in common. That’s because the Broncos are in first place with a Won-Loss record of 9-2 while the Chargers are bringing up the rear in the division with a Won-Loss record of just 3-8.
These two foes will be squaring off against one another, in San Diego, this Sunday. And, based on their records, there seems to be little, if any, reason, for fans to show up at the game. But the truth is that there will be lots at stake when play begins at about 4:30 PM, Eastern Time.
The squad from the Mile High City needs to continue winning to hold off the second place Kansas City Chiefs and earn divisional honors. Denver won last Sunday behind a back-up quarterback, Brock Osweiler, because future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning could not p-lay due to a foot injury.
But, after one game, all teams in the National Football League (NFL) know what to expect from the young quarterback and the home team Chargers will likely be prepared to exploit Osweiler’s weaknesses and tendencies to make it more difficult for him to succeed.
Additionally and importantly, the San Diego Chargers, a team that many thought would contend for the postseason, want to play the role of “the spoiler” and make life difficult for the visiting Broncos. Athletes and coaches on this underperforming team are also “playing for their jobs” because losing teams in the NFL always cut some players and coaches.
The Broncos, a team that in the recent past, scored points in bunches and played defense sporadically, have changed this season. This squad features the top-rated defense in the entire league and an offense that has had trouble scoring, particularly when Peyton Manning was calling signals.
Brock Ostweiler, when given a chance last Sunday, helped his team find the opposing end zone with surprising frequency. It remains to be seen if he can do it again against the home team Chargers. San Diego, despite its poor Won-Loss record, has been able to perform well offensively behind its franchise quarterback, Philip Rivers.
In this Sunday’s match-up, it will be a classic battle between San Diego’s offense and Denver’s often impenetrable defense. That should make this game exciting to watch. And because the game may actually mean more to the Chargers, fans in attendance may get to witness the home team pull off an upset.
It’s true, of course, that San Diego is out of the playoff picture, but its players need to perform well. It is also true that Denver has a sizable lead over the second place Chiefs with only five games remaining to be played. That knowledge could turn this contest into a “trap game.”
And if that happens, the San Diego Chargers may eke out a shocking victory.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report