Despite the difference in record the Broncos, not the Chargers, might actually be the team to beat.
Taking a look at each team’s schedule, you see that the Broncos have had the tougher schedule. The Broncos’ three losses have been to three legitimate Super Bowl contenders (the Falcons, Texans and Patriots) and the Broncos have put up a good fight in each (losing by six to both the Falcons and Texans, ten to the Patriots).
Meanwhile, the Chargers are coming off an embarrassing loss to a Saints team that came in to that game winless.
While the Chargers have a home game against the Broncos, the game will be tightly contested. Here are five keys to the game:
1. The Irresistible Force vs. The Immovable Object: The Broncos’ fifth- ranked rushing attack faces off against the Chargers’ fifth-ranked run defense. Who wins? The edge should be given to the Chargers who have slowed down a slew of premier running backs (Turner, McFadden, Johnson, and Chaarles).