It was a very strange afternoon for the San Diego Chargers last Sunday. And every member of that offensive unit would probably admit that they didn’t expect that they would be sitting for long stretches at a time. But that is exactly what they were relegated to, and the last thing they want to do is go through it again, as they line up against the Denver Broncos in NFL betting action that is slated to get underway at 8:25 PM ET at Mile High’s Sports Authority Field.
The idea that San Diego had the ball for only THREE plays in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is almost inconceivable. But they just couldn’t sustain drives and more importantly, they couldn’t really stop Kansas City from doing what it wanted to in the running game. Philip Rivers had an off-day, to say the least, with just 182 passing yards. So needless to say, he will have to step forth with something better. Clearly he is capable, and perhaps the duel with Peyton Manning will bring some of that out of him.
The gauntlet has certainly been laid out for San Diego. Denver has improved its defense this season, in an effort to get over the hump after the 43-8 embarrassment against Seattle in the Super Bowl. In came DeMarcus Ware, the All-Pro who had three sacks of Colin Kaepernick last Sunday night to extend his season total to seven. In came cornerback Aqib Talib. And these are two of the people who have made the Broncos a top-five defense. This team not only limits opponents to 58.5% completions, but also just 3.3 yards a carry.
That second figure should carry some additional weight for America’s Bookie patrons who are evaluating this game against the NFL betting odds, because the Chargers are without Ryan Mathews, and even with a little boost having been supplied by Branden Oliver, they will have a big challenge to avoid being one-dimensional. And of course, if they can’t keep drives going, or get into some favorable down-and-distance situations, they are going to be in danger of losing the battle of possession time – again. Manning would not mind doing the “ball control” thing to death; he just wants to win.