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Chargers @ Broncos What to watch

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    Great article,


    From ESPN -

    Why To Watch
    This is a great divisional rivalry game and their are many reasons why to watch this game. This game features two up-and-coming young quarterbacks in the Chargers Philip Rivers and the Broncos Jay Cutler. Will the Denver Broncos and their struggling run defense be able to slow down a surging LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers run offense? Plus, Denver WR Brandon Marshall continues to be a huge bright spot for this offense. When will we see the San Diego defense step up and play to their abilities? This is a make or break game for San Diego and if they lose, this team might not be able to rebound. WR Javon Walker should be back this week and should have some big plays versus a suspect San Diego secondary. However, the best reason to watch might be to find out if defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell finally figures out that his defense is not very good without blitz pressure.


    When the Chargers have the ball
    Rushing: San Diego finally found their run offense this past week as Tomlinson went over the 100-yard mark, but he is still not getting enough touches. He had an excellent first half last week, but they got away from him in the second half. Do not expect that to happen this week. The Chargers' offense is under a lot of pressure to perform this week under a beleaguered offensive staff, so look for them to ride LT this week. He should see 25-30 carries versus a Denver defense that can't stop the run.
    Denver is small up front and, once again, they got pushed around last week versus the Colts. The Colts did an excellent job of down-blocking and knocking the Denver front-four down into the hole, which resulted in issues playing the cutback. Despite some issues with running the ball effectively on a consistent basis, LT is still the best cut-back runner in the NFL. He has exceptional vision to find the cut-back lane and will look for it this week versus a marginal run defense.

    The key this week for Denver will be MLB D.J. Williams. Williams continues to pile up tackles, but what does not show up in the box score is that he is often out of position. He has to play with aggressive patience this week, which means he has to be ready to run and chase LT, but must contain the backside. Williams will be tested this week by many formations and runs. How he handles that will go a long way towards determining if they win this game.



    Passing: San Diego QB Philip Rivers is struggling right now. He is a "shell" of the player that started out "hot" last season. His QB rating is 76.0 and he has thrown six interceptions and only five touchdowns. Rivers just does not look comfortable in the pocket. Teams are doing a very good job of run blitzing this season to slow LT and when it is a pass they are continuing to the QB.

    Denver did not have any sacks last week and will need to bring more blitz pressure to help a defensive line that is playing well-below expectations. Denver has two excellent man-to-man corners in Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, who will match up with Chargers' WRs Vincent Jackson and Craig Davis who do not run great routes and struggle to consistently separate. Look for Denver to play a lot of man coverage this week and blitz more daring Rivers to throw the ball down the field vertically. Rivers has not shown that he can make all the throws and clearly has not made them under duress this season. However, the "X" factor should be TE Antonio Gates. If Denver goes to more man coverage as we expect, he will get matched up versus SLB Ian Gold who could not contain Colts TE Dallas Clark last week. If Gates gets matched up versus safeties John Lynch or Nick Ferguson he also can make some plays down the field. Gates is the big key to the pass offense this week, so look for them to move him all over the field.



    When the Broncos have the ball
    Rushing: After struggling to run the ball two weeks ago, Denver ran the ball well last week at Indianapolis. Starting RB Travis Henry had 131 yards on 26 carries before leaving the game late with a leg injury. He will likely be listed as questionable this week, but based on scheme and determination, Denver will still likely be able to run the ball. Backup RB Selvin Young is averaging 9.2 yards per touch and is more then capable of finding the holes based on his vision and instincts behind this offensive line. Denver has had some success in the past using the cut-back run versus an aggressive San Diego defense, but the new look Chargers' defense is more passive and if Denver is patient they should be able to find some running room between the tackles.

    C Tom Nalen will have his hands full versus NT Jamal Williams, but look for his snap-quickness and ability to take great angles to benefit him this week versus Williams, who has basically been relegated to a block gobbler in this defense. Denver will not be able to run wide versus San Diego's speed, but this team is much "softer" on defense under their new regime and the Broncos should find running room inside if they stay patient.



    Passing: Denver QB Jay Cutler has been solid early in the season, but he needs guy around him to make plays. He struggled last week in Indy with Walker out of action. Walker has had some swelling in his surgically-repaired knee and that is a huge issue. He should return this week, but how big a factor he can be remains to be seen. Marshall is an up-and-coming player who can make plays, but he needs Walker opposite him. There will be plenty of plays to be made for Denver this week, but they need to protect up front.

    LOT Matt Lepsis and ROT Erik Pears must be able to do what everyone else has done and contain OLB's Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. San Diego rarely blitzes both players, unlike the scheme used by former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. This year one usually rushes while the other drops. Opposing offensive coordinators have figured out this simplistic scheme and the Broncos should be able to recognize and adjust quickly to what San Diego is doing. This should give Cutler plenty of time to make plays in this game. Denver will run the ball early, which should open up some play-action and vertical routes to both Walker and Marshall. San Diego has excellent athletes at corner with Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence and No. 3 corner Antonio Cromartie, but they are not great technicians and that weakness shows when the Chargers fail to get pressure on the opposing QB.



    Special Teams
    Both teams have very good kicking games. The Chargers feature PK Nate Kaeding and punter Mike Scifres and the Broncos have PK Jason Elam and punter Todd Sauerbrun. Do not expect the return games to be much of a factor this week.

    Denver does a good job with their cover units and San Diego has one of the best cover players in the NFL in WR Kassim Osgood. Do not look for the cover or return units to play a major role this week, but if it comes down to a FG, you have to go with the veteran Elam, who has a huge home field advantage this week.
     
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Now for my simplified version...

    What to watch:
    Brandon Marshall and Javon Walker on 7 yard slant patterns all day long.


    Why to watch:

    C'mon... you don't want to miss seeing a simple slant pattern go for a 50 yard+ TD against the same defense 3 weeks in a row!!

    When the Broncos have the ball:
    Jay Cutler in the shotgun. 4 wide receivers, motion to empty backfield, pick a receiver and let it fly!!

    Did I forget anything? :icon_shrug:
     
  3. Harley

    Harley BoltTalker

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    champ pic to the casa
     
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Word is Javon and Henry arn't lookin too good this week.
    They were both DNPs on Wednesday
     
  5. gobigblue

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    The Denver defense is horrible!!! But the good news for them is that they'll be playing us this weekend. So far they've allowed the following:

    Marshawn Lynch 4.7 YPC
    Lamont Jordan 6.4 YPC
    Fred Taylor 4.9 YPC
    Joseph Addai 7.0 YPC
    Hell, the Broncos even let Garrard average 4.3 YPC!!!

    We should be able to exploit the glaring weakness of the Broncos run defense to move away from the 2nd and long situations we've been having to deal week for the last 4 games.

    You would think!!!!

    "What to watch" is if Norv can game plan effectively to beat another weaker opponent. "What to watch" for is hoping that Cottrell's soft defense won't make Henry look like the second coming of Terrell Davis and Cutler the second coming of John Elway!!!

    One can only hope!!!
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

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    What to watch for:

    Chargerfan jumping off Coronado Bridge after the Broncos destroy what's left of this pathetic season.
     
  7. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Trust me. There's a method to my madness.
     
  9. Buck Melanoma

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    What to watch .....

    A win, please. The return of last year's performances, please. Aggressiveness by the defense - PLEASE!!!!!

    If we lose - Norv & Cottrell being shown the door.
     
  10. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    This comes during the bye week after we get our asses kicked at home by the Raiders. ouch~!:icon_eek:
     
  11. OverVolt

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    There are three things to watch...and they all have to do with the CHargers.
    1, can the front seven get any pressure on Cutler
    2, can the DB's cover for more than 2 seconds, AND make tackles at the point of the catch. (stop the YAC)
    3 can these below average WR's get open against two excellent CB's...if not, it's more eight in the box.
     
  12. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    They are only terrible against the run. They are good agaisnt the pass.
     
  13. pgreenbe305

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    What sucks is that this lame-*** ESPN writer can easily call that we blitz one OLB and drop the other into coverage, usually. Then again, most OC can figure it out too. If that's the case, you'd hope Cottrell would mix that up and get some pressure on the QB, instead- no, we use the best pass rushing OLB in the league to drop into coverage. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Merriman's repetoire grow, but if it ain't broke- don't fix it.

    F*cking annoying...
     

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