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Cover 32: The Chargers have the upper hand going to Denver

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    By Ethan Castle
    January 06, 2014 8:29 am PST

    Can you believe it!? It seems like yesterday we were talking about what the Chargers plans were for the offseason and now they are a win away from the AFC Championship. By the time San Diego plays next weekend, they will be one of five teams left with a chance for the Super Bowl. The Chargers seem to be world beaters right now. Every week, the team has been ruled out and for over a month now, they just keep winning. They have another huge test waiting for them in Denver on Sunday. The Chargers will face off against the divisional foe for the first time ever in the playoffs. Philip Rivers is undefeated in his two playoff games against Peyton Manning. This one is shaping up to be a classic.

    The Broncos come in as the heavy favorite as of right now as they are favored by 10 points. But let’s be real, the Broncos are not going to win this game by 10, that is, if they win it all. The Chargers came into Sports Authority Field at Mile High in week 15 and took it to the Broncos in the win that sparked this miraculous streak. Once upon a time, going into Denver was a real challenge, but the mystique of old Mile High Stadium has long passed and now it’s just another stadium. Philip Rivers also loves to play in Denver as he proclaimed before he led the Chargers to a win in Denver just four weeks ago. When it comes to pressure, the Broncos will have all of it. Peyton Manning has had the single greatest season as a quarterback in NFL history, but without a Super Bowl, the numbers are nothing. The Broncos had a heartbreaking loss last year to the Ravens in the divisional round. The Broncos are Super Bowl or bust, and the Chargers can end the Broncos season with a big fat disappointment. The plot is only thickening…

    Mike McCoy versus John Fox is quite the story line. McCoy is product of the John Fox coaching tree and it will be some sweet, delicious satisfaction when McCoy leads the Bolts to a victory against his mentor. A classic case of the protégé taking his team to the next level while the mentor stays stagnant. Fox, over his entire career, has been unable to win the big one. What Fox and Manning have in common is it seems that their worst football comes when they need to play their best. Manning and Fox have won 13 games in two regular seasons together. They have locked up the AFC top seed two years in a row. If the patterns stay consistent, they will be 0-2 in the playoffs together summing up the enigma that is Peyton Manning and John Fox. Fox, unlike Manning, has a winning record in the Playoffs going 6-5 while Manning has a disappointing 9-11 record in playoff football. The Broncos are a very good football team, but they are susceptible to the choke. When it comes to the leaders of this team, the only guy that showed the guts and glory to win the playoffs, will be sitting in the owner’s box. What more can John Elway do? He assembled a remarkable roster with ample weapons for Manning. At this point, it hangs on the shoulders of No. 18 for the Broncos.

    The most interesting part for Bolts’ fans is the fact that we should fear Knowshon Moreno more than Peyton Manning. Moreno is the heart and soul of the Broncos offense, and if he gets going, the Broncos are going to be tough to stop. Denver’s pass rush has been shaky all year, and without Von Miller, Rivers may clean up against this secondary. A clean pocket will be Philip Rivers’ best friend Sunday. Things are looking good for the Bolts as the weekend approaches. The Chargers will need to play consistent, clean football as they have since they started this winning streak. I fully expect the Chargers to play their best football of the year. As for what the Broncos will bring to the table, who knows.


     
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