LA Chargers’ Weeks 11 and 12:
Week 11: @ Denver Broncos
Denver swept the Chargers in 2019, but it did partially come from a very questionable pass interference call on Casey Hayward in my opinion. Either way, the Chargers didn’t look particularly impressive in either Denver game. They committed five turnovers combined in the two games with questionable offensive output.
Drew Lock is the key to the Broncos’ 2020 season. If he performs as well as some analysts think he will, the Broncos are a bonafide playoff team with the weapons they put around. Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Phillip Lindsay are just some of the pieces they can use to wear down your defense.
Bradley Chubb coming back from last year’s season-ending injury is a huge help for them as well. Their pass rush really hit the schneid when it was just Von Miller last season. Oh, and they also added Jurrell Casey for a seventh-round pick. This team is loaded in some regards, apart from their secondary and offensive line questions.
The Chargers have struggled at Denver recently. In the last seven years, they’ve only won at Mile High once. The Broncos are a pesky opponent, and I see them getting the better of the Bolts in this one.
LA Chargers record: 6-4
Week 12: @ Buffalo Bills
This might actually be the toughest road trip of the Chargers’ season in my opinion. Both the Buffalo and Denver defenses play very well at home. As for Buffalo though, there’s more question marks offensively for them. Josh Allen still isn’t as efficient as he needs to be to truly ascend to the next level. However, they have given him some hope by adding Stefon Diggs.
This might finally be the year the Bills take the AFC East from the Patriots. Personally, I’d like to see more consistency from them week to week before I call them a Super Bowl contender though. With the Bills’ defense already elite, they’ll only go as far as Allen’s development takes them.
If Taylor can keep turnovers down like he usually does, this is a good, low scoring affair for the Chargers to be in. Selfishly, I’d also love to see Taylor get some revenge on the organization that dumped him for a guy that can’t complete 60% of his passes!
The difference in this game will be efficient quarterback play and I see Taylor having a slight edge in that department.
LA Chargers record: 7-4