Its prime time Sunday night where the 8-7 Denver Broncos having lost their last 2 games take on the 7-8 San Diego Chargers winners of their last 3 games. The winner will most like face the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs and the loser gets to think about the season that could have been.
Stats: The Broncos have scored 349 points and given up 396 while the Chargers have scored 387 points and given up 326 points. The Broncos are 4-3 on the road where they have beat the Browns, Jets, and Falcons. The Chargers are 4-3 at home. The Chargers have a one game advantage against divisional opponents while the Broncos have fared better against non-conference opponents.
Matchups: Offensively the Broncos scored an average of 23.3 (17th) with 395 yards of total offense ranking 2nd in the NFL (277 yards passing and 118 yards rushing). Defensively the Broncos give up an average of 26.4 points a game with 366 yards which ranks them 28th in the league (230 yards passing 136 yards rushing). For the Chargers offensively they average 25.8 (7th) points a game with 339 yards of total offense (13th). The Chargers pass for 243 (7th) yards and rush for 95 (28th) yards a game. Defensively, the Chargers give up 21.7 (17th) points a game and 346 (25th) yards. The Chargers yield 242 (31st) yards passing and 103 (11th) yards rushing a game.
Individual Matchups: Jay Cutler is ranked 3rd in passing yards and Philip Rivers is ranked 5th. Rivers has thrown 5 more TD and 6 less interception than Cutler. At the Wide Receiver position the Broncos have Brandon Marshall (3rd) and Eddie Royal (9th) ranked in the top 10. The top Chargers receiver is Vincent Jackson (32nd). The Broncos have Tony Scheffler (21st) ranked Tight End while the Charger have Antonio Gates who is ranked 6th in the NFL. The Chargers have LaDainian Tomlinson who is ranked as the 16th leading rusher this year. It is difficult to rank the Broncos running backs since they have started 5 or 6 back due to the injuries. (See also Key Injuries)
Analysis: The Broncos should have the edge in the passing game against the 31 rated Chargers pass defense. The Chargers have a good matchup too against the 28 ranked Broncos defense.
Key injuries: Selvin Young was placed on IR Monday.
The Bottom Line: Chargers are favored by 9 points. Accuscore.com projects the final score to be Broncos 17 Chargers 30