Chargers ... Broncos Part III

With the victory against the NFC North champion, Cincinnati Bengals, the San Diego Chargers have earned themselves yet another rematch with Peyton Manning and the high powered Broncos offense.

The question coming into the playoffs was the Chargers defense and could it make plays when they needed to … and they clearly put those questions to rest as they made Bengals QB Andy Dalton look like a blind man with their smothering defensive schemes.  That same intensity and unpredictability will be needed against one of … if NOT the BEST to ever play a regular season game … Peyton Manning.

This is the third time that the Chargers and Broncos meet on the gridiron as they have split the match-ups of the 2013 regular season (both teams winning on the others’ home field) and it was the Chargers who handed the Broncos their first and only home loss of the season … so do not expect Manning and the Broncos to forget that.

The difference in this game will come down to the defenses … as it did in that very match-up.  The Chargers defense was extremely clever in disguising their coverage’s and not allowing Manning to decipher what they were wanting to do against him.  Their timely blitzes and ability to get a solid pass rush with just four down lineman, took Manning and the Broncos out of their game-plan and left them dazed and confused to the point of the Chargers handing them a loss in Mile High.

Don’t expect that same performance from Manning and the Broncos on offense but it is the Bronco defense that still has the questions.  With the injury to Bronco LB Von Miller, the Chargers offense led by Comeback Player of the year candidate Phillip Rivers has one less pass rusher to worry about and that can play a BIG role in the offense the Chargers decide to use in this most important rematch.

While RB Ryan Matthews having a great season continues to perform, the pleasant surprise has been his back ups, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown. These two RBs have not only protected Matthews from injury but without question have contributed to this playoff run.  The Chargers are a “run first” team and to have a plethora of RBs that can perform at a high level … allows the offense to do what it wants at will against any opposing defense … and it just so happens that the Broncos are next on the list.

This game will get a lot of attention and a lot of hype for many reasons. Bottom line … it is just another game in the long standing rivalry between two AFC West teams that just do not like each other … and with the career success that Phillip Rivers and the Chargers  have against a Peyton Manning led team … just adds more fuel to the fire that is the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

Written by LaShawn Encarnacion

Twitter: @619_Shawn_NYC_E

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  • rickochey

    great article but its time to address the great decision Dean Spanos did by hiring Ron Wolf for help find a qualified HC and when WHISenhunt decided to come in as OC created an atmosphere of ‘wanting to be a Charger’

    • Ernie Padaon

      great point. that was a solid move. let football people make football decisions!

  • LaShawn Encarnacion

    May or may not depending on if Whisenhunt become a head coach with another team. News is surfacing that this will be a “one and done” year. If he stays, then I will gladly put that together.

    • rickochey

      I believe it was stated that when he was hired he would be here only one year.. Comparing this new ‘family’ attitude compared to the past regime is night and day.. It could be a very very very good article. Go Chargers!!

      • LaShawn Encarnacion

        Agreed.. It does sound like a good article.

      • LaShawn Encarnacion

        Look for Chargers … Then to Now. Hope that does it justice.

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  • lefttoright

    AFC North

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  • arnie

    The thing is there are a lot of questions about both teams. The belief the same trick won’t work again, but we forget the already did it. They owned the time of possession in both games, the difference was the Chargers scored TD’s in the second contest. “IF” they had scored TD’s in the first one, the Chargers sweep the broncos in the regular season.
    At the end of the day I’ve noticed a pattern with Chiefs and Broncos, while both teams have good defenses, they both seem to have the “inability” to overcome the losses of key players.The Chiefs are not the same without Hali an Houston. The Broncos Miller an Dumervil. While the Chargers have been playing rotisserie with line-ups all season long. McCoys philosophy of Next Man Up has been the key, for the Chargers, in utilizing his entire 53 man roster to get wins. By spreading the ball around, and letting his starters get healthy at the right time, I expect it to be “worse” for Manning.