The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos are the favorites to win the AFC West. The winner of this game will look very good moving forward. If the Broncos win then everyone will be talking about how they could be the best in the AFC. If the Chargers win then it will show that they can compete with a good football team.
Keys to the game:
1. My first key to the game is for the secondary to step it up. Matt Ryan and Drew Brees have torn the secondary apart. Everyone is at fault with that unit even safety Eric Weddle. I blame Weddle for not being the captain and helping the corners to make adjustments. I also hate cornerback Quentin Jammer for not being the veteran that he is and making the defense play to their full potential. I feel like the key player on the defense is cornerback Antoine Cason. If Peyton Manning gets two good passes out to Eric Decker or Brandon Stokley then he will continue to attack Cason’s side. Manning will constantly attack his left side so it’s up to Cason to step it up.
2. My second key to the game is the Chargers offensive line needs to protect quarterback Phillip Rivers. Left tackle Jared Gaither is out for the game so left tackle Mike Harris is playing tonight. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil and outside linebacker Von Miller will both be rushing the left side. Phillip Rivers will have to brace for impact multiple times in this game if the offensive line doesn’t play well. Rivers will need time for plays to develop or their will dump off passes which don’t reward you with touchdowns.
3. Finally, the San Diego fans need to be loud in Qualcomm Stadium. Peyton Manning is a quarterback who is known for multiple audibles before a play. If the San Diego fans can be loud then Manning will not be able to change plays or the Denver offense won’t hear him and the play will be a mess. If fans are just going to stay home and sit on the couch then it will be more of Manning changing the play and confusing the defense. The support of the fans will change the atmosphere of the stadium and will motivate the Chargers to win.
This game is going to be very close. I have a feeling that Peyton Manning will play great but I feel that the Chargers will play better. They will be more motivated at home especially against an AFC West rival. The stakes are high for this game and both teams are going to come out on fire. I predict a 34-31 victory for the San Diego Chargers. Watch for the defense to start out slow but step up in the second half at key moments when the Broncos need a touchdown the most. The football game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. (PT)