The Chargers return to action Sunday afternoon when they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. There’s a lot on the line as the Bolts look to make a move in the AFC West. Here are five things to watch for that could dictate the outcome.
1. Is Alexander for Real?-
2. Protect Rivers – The Chargers offensive line faces a daunting task this week as Denver leads the league with 31 sacks on the season.
3. MVP Manning – Since the second half of the last game between these two teams, statistics show that no quarterback has been better than Peyton Manning. He’s put up MVP-caliber numbers during that stretch, completing 100 of 133 passes (75.2%) for 1,206 yards, 10 touchdowns and just three picks. His offensive line has also given him plenty of times to make plays as he’s been sacked just once over that span. The Chargers will need to find a way to pressure Manning and force him into making mistakes.
4. Run Run Run – Hopefully the Chargers will have
5. Keep the Past in the Past – The Chargers allowed (shocked sounds terrible) the Broncos’ 35-straight second-half points to rally from a 24-point halftime deficit the last time these teams met. That game is over. It’s in the past. The Chargers need to keep any thoughts of the last game behind them and stay focused on all 60 minutes of the game they are playing.