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LA Chargers: Getting to know the Week 8 opponent, the Denver Broncos

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 18: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos attempts a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 18: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos attempts a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Notable Stats

The Broncos offense has struggled mightily through their first six games of the season. They currently rank in the bottom five of the league in total yards and points per game. They also have the second-worst turnover differential in the league, trailing only the Dallas Cowboys.

The strength of this Broncos team comes on the defensive side of the ball. They rank inside the top 10 for fewest yards per game allowed, while ranking in the middle of the league in points allowed. They can also get after the quarterback as they have the ninth most sacks in the league with 18, with 4.5 coming from Bradley Chubb.

The Broncos could be without Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay, which means that former Charger Melvin Gordon would get most of the reps for the Broncos backfield. Gordon has struggled a bit this year as he is averaging 4.3 yards per carry while losing three fumbles, two of which came in their last game against the Chiefs.

Drew Lock missed some time with a shoulder injury and has played poorly to start the year. So far, he has completed only 55.9% of his passes with one touchdown and four interceptions.

Lock missed games against the Buccaneers and Jets while only playing half of the first quarter against the Steelers. Cortland Sutton will miss the season with a torn ACL and Phillip Lindsay is questionable for this game with a concussion.

They will rely heavily on Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant in the passing game and Gordon if Lindsay were to be ruled out. The Broncos offense has loads of talent but injuries to their main players have led them to struggle with developing any chemistry throughout the season so far.

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