Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers – Week 15 Preview


The Denver Broncos prepare to take on the division rival San Diego Chargers Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego plays fairly well at home, earning a 5-2 record thus far this season. Denver on the other hand has lost all three of their games on the road – something they need to improve upon.

What: NFL Week 15 Preview: Denver Broncos (10-3) vs. San Diego Chargers (8-5)
When: Sunday, December 14th
Where: Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, California)
Time: 4:05 PM EST, 2:05 PM MST

Denver is coming off a “too close for comfort type of game”, barely holding off the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field, 24-17. Peyton Manning completed 14-of-20 passes for 173 yards, including zero touchdown passes and two interceptions. People have been quick to judge Manning off his past couple of performances, saying the quarterback is declining due to age which is complete nonsense. Manning will be fine, trust me.

C.J. Anderson didn’t rush for over 100 yards last Sunday but made a much bigger impact. Despite collecting just 58 yards on 21 carries, Anderson recorded three touchdowns on the ground – accounting for 21 of Denver’s 24 points. His back-up, Juwan Thompson, carried the ball just four times for a whopping 63 yards – a total of 15.8 yards per carry as he busted out a 47-yard run. Those two backs have provided a stable 1-2 punch in the backfield for Denver.

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The Chargers look to pull off the so-called upset at home Sunday afternoon. San Diego is coming off a 23-14 loss to the New England Patriots who defeated the Broncos as well earlier in the season. San Diego’s offensive line must do a better job in protecting quarterback Phillip Rivers, especially with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on each side of the line. New England got to Rivers a lot last Sunday night, recording seven quarterback hurries and four sacks.

The last time these two teams met back on Oct. 23rd at Sports Authority Field, Denver held of San Diego for the 35-21 victory. Emmanuel Sanders was the go-to-guy for Peyton Manning and the Denver offense. Sanders caught nine passes for a total of 120 yards, including three touchdowns which helped out my fantasy team a ton. Ronnie Hillman was Denver’s leading rusher that game with 109 yards on 20 carries.

A key for Denver come Sunday afternoon is what they’ve been doing all along – stop the run. If they contain Ryan Mathews, they force San Diego’s offense led by Phillip Rivers to become one-dimensional.

Kick-off between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers is scheduled for 4:05 PM EST, 2:05 PM MST.