Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) scrambles out of the pocket during first quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
When: 4:40 PM ET, January 12, 2014
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind
The San Diego Chargers are a huge underdog going into the game, but you wouldn’t know that around town. There is a confidence and excitement around San Diego with the expectation of the Chargers beating the Denver Broncos. The town is amped on playoff football!
There are some question marks with some key players on the roster and offensive line. Ryan Mathews was unable to practice all week and he didn’t finish the game in Cincinnati, so his status is in question for the game. He has had some of his best games against the Broncos and would be a huge weapon if he is able to play.
The Broncos have a ton of weapons on offense and John Pagano will have to find a way to shut them down. Wes Welker will be back on the field for the Broncos this time around. He was unable to get on the field for the Broncos loss to San Diego a few weeks ago. Demayrius Thomas and Julius Thomas made some big plays in the first matchup against the Chargers. There are a bunch of weapons that the Chargers will have to slow down. Can we get it done?
Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Chargers have a lot going for them in this game. We have a lot of inside information on the Broncos with Mike McCoy on the coaching staff. We have the momentum going into the game after winning the last 5 games. They have proven that our formula to beat the Broncos works and we have confidence knowing that we can win in Denver.
The Chargers are going back in Denver to prove that it was not a fluke and to prove that they have the Broncos number. Ryan Mathews will get into the game and run the ball down their throats and will milk that clock and they will find ways to score touchdowns. The defense will force a pair of turnovers and the Chargers will walk our of Denver with a big time win.
Chargers 31 – Broncos 27