The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Denver looking to avenge a loss to the Broncos with a slight chance of winning the AFC West.
The Los Angeles Chargers really blew it last week. After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15, the Los Angeles Chargers had a legitimate chance to win the AFC West and be the first seed in the AFC.
With the Chiefs having a tough road game in Seattle, all the Chargers had to do was buckle in and take care of the Baltimore Ravens at home. That was not the case.
The Ravens defense terrorized the Chargers offensive line and Philip Rivers and the offense did virtually nothing. It was an ugly game from whistle to whistle and the Chargers lost an opportunity as the Chiefs lost to the Seahawks the next night.
However, there is still a chance that the Chargers can walk away victorious, although it is very far-fetched. Los Angeles needs to defeat the Denver Broncos and needs the Oakland Raiders to defeat the Chiefs.
That second part probably won’t happen. Here is what we think will happen in the first part.
Jamaal Artis (16-8): 28-10, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have an outside chance to win the AFC West and have the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs. But they have to win at home against a tough Denver Broncos team.
Chargers should not fool around and beat the Broncos.
Lamarr Fields (16-10): 34-10, Los Angeles Chargers
I like the Chargers in this game. They will rebound nicely after a disappointing loss to the Ravens. The Broncos have pretty much mailed it in, so I feel as if the Chargers will dominate this one with a big game from Philip Rivers.
Redan Lopez (16-8): 27-14, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers will be looking for a big bounce-back win after a tough loss against a challenging Ravens team. They will get it here against a weak offensive Broncos squad.
With leading Running Back Phillip Lindsay out, the Broncos will be unable to control the ball. As a result, the Broncos defense will be on the field most of the time.
Even if Chargers’ Quarterback Philip Rivers does not play the entire game, this one should be an easy one.
Jason Reed (23-4) 27-20, Los Angeles Chargers
This game worries me as the Los Angeles Chargers seemingly always play badly against the Denver Broncos, especially in Denver. The Chargers know that this game means something but should not be too inclined to power back if the team falls behind two possessions early.
I would rather go into the postseason healthy than try to lead a miraculous comeback, leading to a significant injury.
However, after losing last week to the Ravens, the Chargers have every incentive to get the ball rolling in the right direction and build some momentum into the playoffs.
This will naturally be a close game since it is in the division and the Broncos want to play spoiler. Chargers by one touchdown.