|GAME TIME||4:25 ET
|STADIUM|| StubHub Center
|LINE|| LAC -125/105 DEN
In the past two games, Gordon has 188 yards rushing and 125 yards receiving. In Week 1, he was only able to rush for 13 yards. Gordon will need to keep his upwards trend going for Los Angeles to win this week. He may have a breakout game after seeing what the Giants did to the Chargers’ AFC West foes in Week 6.
When Anderson doesn’t run well, the Denver Broncos have lost games. In Denver’s wins, he has run for 294 yards with a touchdown. In their losses, he has only 53 yards. In the Broncos and Chargers first meeting, Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards. He will need to get it going again in this week’s game.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
The Los Angeles Chargers return to the StubHub Center after a thrilling comeback win over the Raiders in Week 6. The only problem is that every home game has seemed like an away showing for the Chargers with opponents fans filling the venue. It could be more of the same Sunday whens they host the Denver Broncos.
Denver is coming in after a shocking Week 6 loss to the Giants that left the Broncos injured and scrambling for answers. Denver was exposed in many ways last week and made numerous signings to try and fill the holes in their roster.
The Chargers lost by a blocked field goal that would have taken the game into overtime in week one. They also could not find an answer to Denver’s stingy defense, which shut down running back Melvin Gordon. Although quarterback Philip Rivers was still able to toss three touchdowns in the game, it wasn’t enough in the end.
But this matchup is different. The Broncos were exposed and teams now have a blueprint on where they struggles the most. Look for the Chargers to follow suit and attack those areas of weakness. Especially on defense, as the Broncos are thin at the receiver position after ankle injuries to both Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie. Los Angeles could show plenty of blitzes Sunday to pressure Trevor Siemian into some bad decisions.
For the Chargers, they will need to establish a healthy dose of running to be succesfull against the Broncos defense. Rivers will also need to take shots down the field, as the receivers are the healthiest the Chargers have seen in quite some time. If they can jump out to a quick start and play well on defense, Los Angeles could easily hand the Broncos their third loss of the season.
On the other side of the field, the Broncos will need to score, period. Kicker Brandon McManus needs to find his groove again and the team must score in red-zone situations. Siemian threw for over 300 yards last week, but the team walk away without anything to show for it. Siemian must make better decisions after throwing two interceptions against the Giants, one of which was returned for a touchdown. That was his sixth pick-six of the year.
Denver Broncos 30 -27 Los Angeles Chargers