3 reasons why this Denver Broncos game will be different for the LA Chargers

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3. Drew Lock is playing quarterback

The Denver Broncos were able to play mistake-free football on the offense last time they played the LA Chargers with Teddy Bridgewater under center. While Teddy B is not the most dynamic quarterback in the league, he is someone who is not going to lose a team games.

Drew Lock is absolutely someone who can lose his team games, especially when he is missing two of his best pass-catchers in Jeudy and Patrick. The same safe, controlled offense that showed up last time these two teams played will not be there.

Granted, the Broncos know that Lock can lose them games and with the Chargers run defense they are probably going to look to take the ball out of his hands as much as possible. On paper, the Broncos should be able to slice and dice the Chargers run defense with Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

However, Justin Jones has been activated off of the COVID-19 list as has most of the defensive line that was on the list last week. That makes a huge difference and while this team still struggles in that area, as long as they can get Lock to try and convert some third and longs then they should be able to stall the offense.

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With multiple starters missing on the defensive side, the hope is that Justin Herbert can have a much better game at home than he did in Denver. If the normal Herbert and Chargers offense show up then they should be able to put Drew Lock in a hole that he simply cannot get out of.