Two weeks ago, San Diego snapped a three-game losing streak and stunned the Denver Broncos.
The Chargers always play the Broncos well. Could the Bolts sweep the season series?
Denver is a 4.5-point home favorite against the Chargers and the team has revenge on its mind. That might not matter. The Broncos are on upset alert this week.
Here are three reasons why the Chargers could beat their AFC West rival again:
C.J. Anderson is not walking through that door
The Broncos will be forced to play without their top running back for a while. Anderson underwent knee surgery on Thursday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday the running back will miss at least four weeks.
Anderson’s production in the backfield will be missed going forward. The Cal product has compiled 437 rushing yards and 128 receiving yards in seven games this season.
Rookie Devontae Booker will take the reigns while Anderson is out. Booker has displayed flashes of promise in limited action. He’ll now be asked to carry the load at running back with Anderson inactive. Booker will have plenty of opportunity to prove himself, though, it could be asking too much for the rookie.
Chargers are suddenly surging
The injury-riddled Chargers have some how managed to reel off two straight quality wins, including one against Denver.
Suddenly, San Diego is exuding confidence after a lackluster start.
“When you win, it boosts so much confidence around the team,” Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane said, per ESPN. “Coming in on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays, the vibe and the atmosphere are so much better. Just winning period is a good feeling. We are starting to believe.”
The Chargers might have a plethora of playmakers out for the year but Mike McCoy has his team playing hard. With every Chargers win, McCoy’s hot seat becomes a little more mild.
Chargers defense is sneaky good
San Diego has few name brand players, but don’t underestimate this group. Linebackers Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown have been a force in the middle. The two are materializing as the best young inside linebacker duo in the league. While Joey Bosa and Corey Liuget are both playing good football along the defensive line.
San Diego’s weak secondary is often exposed due to cornerback Jason Verrett (ACL) being out for the season. Perryman, Brown, Bosa, Liuget and the rest of San Diego’s front seven help disguise the leaky secondary with their disruptive play.
Denver is on upset alert!