Broncos coach John Fox was impressed with the way the Chargers handled the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati, and Fox thinks his own team is going to have its hands full when the Chargers come to town this weekend.
Fox told reporters today that the Chargers employed a time-honored formula for winning football in January when they beat the Bengals.
“They did it rushing the ball effectively and taking it away on defense, and that formula works. I think it’s been proven over time, and they did a tremendous job,” Fox said.
Fox is right to be impressed with the way the Chargers attacked the Bengals: San Diego’s offense ran 40 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and its defense forced four turnovers. That’s winning football.
The problem, of course, is that if Fox thinks that’s the way to win in the playoffs, that’s not what Fox’s own team does best. Fox has to hope that in addition to winning with a running game and a good defense, you can also win with Peyton Manning throwing the ball.