The San Diego Chargers will have to lean on Branden Oliver and the run game to beat the Denver Broncos.
The San Diego Chargers need to put a little more trust in Branden Oliver this week against the Denver Broncos. He didn’t get the touches against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they will need to give him opportunities to run the ball down the throats of the Denver defense. He will be one of the most important players on the field against Denver.
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Philip Rivers would love the help. Having that running game rolling would keep the pass rush off of him and it would help milk that clock during the game. That run game would also create situations of 3rd and short that the team can capitalize on.
Branden has the ability to take the carries and put the team on his back. He has already done it earlier in the season and the team will need to ride on him against Denver.
Philip will still need to make the throws and find ways to move the ball in the air on the Broncos defense, but the easiest way to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline will be with that run game. Ryan Mathews likely will not be available this week still and Branden will get his opportunity to make a statement against a division rival. THE DIVISION RIVAL.
In the playoffs last season, one of the biggest struggles against Denver was the lack of a run game. Ryan Mathews wasn’t able to play in the game, so Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown had to take the bulk of the work. This time around it will be on BO to take the load. I think he has the ability to handle it. He will be a big reason for the Chargers winning on Thursday.