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LA Chargers: Five keys to beating the Broncos

DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass against Shelby Harris #96 (not pictured) of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of the game at Empower Field At Mile High on November 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass against Shelby Harris #96 (not pictured) of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of the game at Empower Field At Mile High on November 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

3. Attack Denver’s secondary early and often

At first glance, Denver’s pass defense might not seem that bad statistically. They are 11th in pass yards allowed per game with 230.

On the other hand, they’ve been really porous over the last month. In the last three games they’ve allowed 300 passing yards per contest, which is bottom five in the league over that span.

A.J. Bouye received a six game PED suspension while Bryce Callahan has been dealing with a nagging foot injury. Those two played huge roles as starting corners in the last game in Denver, so they will be missed.

Now, the Broncos need rookie Michael Ojemudia and De’Vante Bausby to step up. It isn’t quite as bad as the predicament the Raiders were in last game with their secondary, but it’s close.

Anthony Lynn will certainly want to establish the run, but he has to be realistic about this Broncos’ secondary. Sure, establish the ground game a little bit since they did put up 200+ yards in Denver last game.

With the game in Los Angeles and optimal throwing conditions at SoFi as opposed to Mile High though, you have to let Justin Herbert cook. Throwing repeatedly on early downs worked like a charm for the Bills as Josh Allen trashed the Broncos’ secondary.

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