San Diego comes in on a 4 game skid as their AFC West title hopes are beginning to slip away. Denver has won three straight putting them in 2nd in the AFC West at 5-5. The Tebow experiment is working out better than most expected. Both teams are chasing down Oakland who is currently 6-4. San Diego is basically in a must win situation. Here’s what the Bolts need to do to get a W over Denver.
Stack the Box
The Denver Broncos new offense is one that is most commonly seen at the collegian level. Tim Tebow has continued to establish himself at the epitome of a winner. However, Tebow is still very unproven and shaky throwing the football. San Diego needs to bring eight to nine guys to the line of scrimmage to attempt to stuff Denver’s solid running game. The Bolts have struggled to stop the run yet did a great job doing so a week ago against elite running back Matt Forte. The difference being the Bears have Jay Cutler to expose San Diego’s malign secondary. Tebow has been very inaccurate and has shown no sign of being able to win a game through the air. The Bolts need to have their defense ends contain in case of plays breaking down when Tebow uses his legs best. If San Diego can limit the Broncos to under 150 yards rushing they will win.
Attack Broncos Cornerback Andre’ Goodman
Cornerback Champ Bailey may be getting up there in age but still is a premier cover man in the NFL. Rivers has been picked off a league high 17 times, if he wants to avoid number 18, he shouldn’t throw Baileys way often. Bailey had lost some speed but still is a ball-hawk and walking interception. Denver plans to take Jackson out of the game by marking him with Bailey. The Broncos plan to make young wide out Vincent Brown beat them. Philip Rivers would be wise to attack Goodman who has been very mediocre all year.
The Broncos can only succeed in this option offense if they remain competitive throughout the game. If the Bolts can jump out to an early lead it will force Denver to abandon their running game. Denver will be in bad position to win this ball game unless they run the ball over 35 times. An early SD lead will cause Denver to not run the ball as often as they would like. As I stated earlier, Tebow has yet to win a game this year due to his passing ability.
Prediction: Chargers over Broncos 31-27