Overall: 5th (373.3 Yds/G)
Turnover Ratio: 20th (-3)
Passing: 2nd (296.6 Yds/G)
Interceptions: 4th (5)
Sacks Allowed: 22nd (21)
Rushing: 32nd (76.8 Yds/G)
Fumbles: 26th (7)
Scoring: 14th (22.6 Pts/G)
Players to Watch:
QB Kyle Orton
Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 Age: 28
Stats: 2806 Yards Passing 16 TDs 5 Interceptions
Kyle Orton is having a career year this season, already throwing for 2806 yards and 16 TDs. These numbers nearly match his numbers from his 2008 season and if he continues on this pace, he will definitely blow away his career highs. He is leading his team to the 2nd ranked pass offense (behind the Chargers) and he knows how to avoid interceptions. If the Chargers look to create turnovers against Orton, they will need to strip the ball from him on a sack. He has been sacked 21 times and the Chargers rank number 3 in sack totals this year. We will need to create pressure on him and keep the receivers in front of us. The Broncos have the second most passing plays of 20+ yards.
RB Knowshon Moreno
Height: 5-11 Weight:210 Age:23
Stats: 358 Rushing Yards 2 TDs 177 Receiving Yards 3 TDs
Last season’s first round draft pick, Moreno, led all rookies last season in rushing yards and his numbers are not much different from last season, he just has not had the opportunity to run like he would with injuries and the Broncos trailing early in football games. He is a powerful runner and has the speed to break off runs to the outside. The Chargers still need to make sure that they stop the Denver running game even though they are last in the league.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 194 Age: 29
48 Receptions 968 Yards 6 TDs
Lloyd is a strong candidate for comeback player of the year and has already tied or surpassed his career numbers for receptions, yards, and TDs. He is in his 8th season and just found his groove this season. He leads the team in TDs and it will be up to Quentin Jammer to keep Lloyd from etting behind him.
This Bronco offense will want to pass the ball down your throat. They are ranked number 2 in the league in passing yards and are worst in the league at rushing – a large part of it is because the Broncos find themselves behind early in games. The Chargers will have to recognize the run, but this Broncos team will look to beat you through the air. Rookie QB Tim Tebow will be brought into the game during goal line situations and will mostly look to run it in. He has has 1 pass attempt all season and 12 rushes so far this season. Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, and Eddie Royal are the main threats in the passing game and it will be up to the Charger secondary to keep the receivers in front of them.
The Chargers front seven will have to create a lot of pressure against Orton and get some sacks. Orton makes good decisions with his passes and will not throw a lot of interceptions. The best way for us to create a turnovers is by stripping the ball out of their hands, possibly from a sack by Shaun Phillips or Antwan Applewhite. This offense is legit and the Chargers defense have a tall task in front of them.
Make sure to follow Bolt Beat on Facebook