5. Justin Herbert puts the game on ice with a fantastic last drive
I know that the Denver Broncos are banged up by injuries and on paper, the LA Chargers should win this game by quite a lot, especially if the team forces two turnovers and Justin Herbert throws for 380 yards.
However, it is the Chargers and I do think this game is going to be a lot closer than Charger fans want it to be. I think the Denver defense will come up with some big stops during this game to limit the Chargers to three points and keep this from being a blowout.
This won’t be a game-winning drive in the traditional sense, though. I have the Chargers being up 26-21 (three touchdowns, two field goals and a missed extra point) with around five minutes left in the game.
The Chargers will get the ball deep in their own territory after a Denver punt and Herbert will be tasked with milking the clock and making it a two-possession game. A field goal would be nice, as it would make it an eight-point game but a touchdown will be even better to make it a 12-point game.
Herbert is going to look extremely poised and drive down the field, milking the clock all the way down before connecting on a touchdown pass to extend the lead to 33-21. He will leave the Broncos with very little time on the clock and while they will have a “chance,” the game will essentially be over.
Yet again, the story after the game will be just how dang good Justin Herbert is and how he was poised and led a big drive in a must-win game against a division foe.
And just like that, the LA Chargers will get their first division win since the 2018 season.