Denver Broncos: 3 Keys to Beating the LA Chargers

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The boys need to make life hard for the Chargers.

The NFL’s top sack tandem of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb leading into the bye week have been on a tear.

Chubb particularly has been outstanding after a slow start to his season.

The boys have to rattle Philip Rivers, who has been sacked half as much as the Broncos’ Keenum (12-24).  We know historically that the way to Rivers is with pressure.  The low sacks allowed has kept Rivers way down the interception list, a place where he’s usually head-scratchingly deficient.

Sure, Su’a Cravens has had the extra week provided by the bye to get back into game shape/speed.  There are other factors.

The main way to get at Rivers is going to be with pressure and fortunately, the Broncos excel at pressure.  If anything is going to turn the tides on a dismal season in Bronco land, it’s most likely coming from the defensive side of the ball.  Within that consideration two of the Broncos best players will need to play their best.

It’s not a given, the Broncos could very well match the 5-11 record they posted last year and not bat an eye but given the attitudes of the players coming out of Dove Valley, they haven’t quite conceded this season.

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Denver needs a road win.  Vance Joseph desperately needs a road win, it’d be unfortunate if his Head Coaching career came to an end minus a single road victory.  Most importantly, the Broncos need to protect their reputation.  That starts on Sunday with the Chargers.