The Broncos started slow but stepped it up after the Chargers first score and never let off the gas. Denver’s defense was domineering in their pass rush and put consistent pressure on Philip Rivers.
With the massive match-up of the Broncos and Chargers in the Mile High City Sunday, Denver looks to miss two crucial linemen in Elvis Dumervil and Chris Kuper.
The Chargers know this week is a must-win and they’ll bring out all the stops in Denver.
While there are many other notable free agents have contributed to the Broncos this year, likely the least known is safety Mike Adams, who’s played a vital role.
While the Broncos are well versed at playing against pass-heavy offenses, the Panthers’ run-first offense will cause adjustments.
The Denver Broncos weren’t as potent as usual on offense and Peyton Manning turned the ball over twice on the day. But he and the offense bounced back and the defense got it together in the second half as well to push the team to a third straight victory.
Pro Bowl cornerback Tracy Porter is back to practice again, but he was held out of some drills, while Peyton Manning practiced through the cracked thumbnail on his throwing hand.
Denver has clearly been the class of the AFC West through seven games, but San Diego and Oakland are hanging around.
The Broncos earned almost all As on this week’s game report card and they were domineering in offense, defense and coaching. Only special teams blunders led to a low grade as they blew out the Saints 34-7 Sunday night.
New Orleans’ Drew Brees is one of the best passers in the NFL and he has a long list of weapons to utilize in the passing game. The Broncos and Saints should be in a shootout Sunday night with two of the most potent offenses around.