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Bold predictions for Chargers Week 13 game against the Broncos

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball as Kareem Jackson #22 and Alexander Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos defend during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball as Kareem Jackson #22 and Alexander Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos defend during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 06: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch as he is chased by Todd Davis #51 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 06: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch as he is chased by Todd Davis #51 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers will face the Denver Broncos for a second time this season, this time on the road.

The Chargers are fresh off their bye week and ready for the final stretch of the season. Their playoff chances are slim, but they can still make it if they win out and other results go their way.

The Chargers’ next challenge will be against a team that has already defeated them this season, back in Week 5. The main difference is the Broncos will start Drew Lock, while the Chargers will get All-Pro safeties Derwin James and Adrian Phillips back.

Before revealing this game’s bold predictions, let’s take a look at the predictions from the Chargers’ last game, in Mexico City against the Kansas City Chiefs:

  • The defense contains the Chiefs’ offense to 28 points: Right.
  • Rivers and Mahomes combine for 90 attempts: Wrong.
  • Keenan Allen has 100 receiving yards and a touchdown: Wrong.

The explosive Chiefs offense was kept in check almost all game, as the Chargers’ defense kept Mahomes and company to just 24 points. That’s hard to do when your offense turns the ball over four times. Games like this show the potential the Chargers’ defense has, and it can only get better with the return of James and Phillips.

It wasn’t a very high-scoring game like many thought, although it could have been one very easily if the Chargers managed to finish their drives, or Mahomes did his usual magic. Rivers and Mahomes ended up combining for 84 attempts, six short of the amount predicted.

Allen hadn’t finished a game with 70 yards or a touchdown since Week 3 when he demolished the Houston Texans’ secondary. Against the Chiefs, Allen did both, finishing with 71 receiving yards and a touchdown. Still, he fell short of 100 yards.

With that out of the way, here are the bold predictions for the Chargers’ Week 13 game against the Broncos.

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