Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates Against Broncos LBs

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs in open field in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers should be able to move the ball down the field against the Denver Broncos. It could be a game that Danny Woodhead sees a lot of playing time again. He took the lion’s share of snaps last weekend, but I wasn’t too annoyed about that. I was more annoyed that he was still in the backfield when the team was in the red zone…. really, at the 1 yard line. Anyway, I thought I moved on from that.

The Broncos have struggled in coverage against tight ends this season. Jason Witten tore up the Denver Broncos defense. That is going to be a huge matchup to exploit against the Broncos. Antonio Gates is playing at the All-Pro level that we remember and he should be able to find himself with some space in the middle of the field against these linebackers.

If the linebackers struggle against tight ends, what are they going to do with little Danny Woodhead? He is always a threat to catch the football out of the backfield and he can pick up yards after the catch. Woodhead and Gates are some of Philip’s favorite targets on offense.

The Broncos are going to find themselves trying to cover these guys a lot on defense. Ken Whisenhunt and Philip Rivers love to use Antonio and Danny on offense. I wonder if they will break out Ladarius Green a little more on offense also? Force the Broncos to keep that base defense on the field and then bust them up with them in the passing attack.

One of the Broncos best players on defense, Von Miller, struggles in pass coverage also. The team will likely attack him on defense. The Chargers offense should have some fun against this defense. We just have to be celebrating 7s instead of 3s.