Broncos’ defense shuts down the Chargers

Everyone may be talking about how Brock Osweiler is undefeated as the Broncos’ starting quarterback, but the truth is this: Denver’s dominant defense won today in San Diego, and Osweiler was just along for the ride.

The Broncos’ defense absolutely shut down Philip Rivers & Co., intercepting Rivers once and forcing the Chargers’ offense to fumble four times as San Diego never reached the end zone in a 17-3 Broncos win.

Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown, Von Miller had two sacks and Shane Ray had one, and the Chargers’ offense simply couldn’t do anything.

It was an ugly game for the Chargers, who have been decimated by injuries all season and suffered two more big ones today. Chargers receiver Dontrelle Inman was stretchered off the field with a neck injury, and cornerback Brandon Flowers was carted off the field with a knee injury.

Osweiler was OK for what the Broncos asked him to do, completing 16 of 25 passes for 166 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. But he was nothing special, and certainly not the reason the Broncos won the game. It’s still an open question whether Osweiler will keep the starting quarterback job when Peyton Manning is healthy, and it’s still an open question which one of them gives Denver a better chance of winning a Super Bowl.

But what’s not a question at all is whether the Broncos have a Super Bowl-quality defense. They absolutely do. That can take them a long way no matter who’s playing quarterback.

15 responses to “Broncos’ defense shuts down the Chargers

  1. With all the relocation crap, it looks like the Chargers have given up.

    Next season-a new city and probably a new coach.

  2. Anti climactic win. Kub closed down the playbook after Brock’s int. The D shut another potent O down. As long as we don’t overlook anyone the 1 seed should be determined in Denver against Cincy. I like our chances.

  3. Hopefully, its THIS Monday that we will find out the Chargers HC, DC and OC have all been canned.

    I’ve been expecting it for the past 4-5 weeks.

  4. The Charger’s insistence on letting Rivers throw it all over the place has shut them down all season
    The Chargers have no running game, the OL is suspect, and the defense gives up a lot of points. They are almost always playing from behind.
    Seriously, what else would you expect Rivers to do? Hand it off for yet another draw up the middle?

    Btw, Rivers is top five in numerous QB categories. His “throwing it all over the place” is the reason why the Chargers even have a chance every week. Seriously, do some research before you post.

  5. Rivers is the only player worth any accolades on this Charger team. Gates has slowed noticeably, the o-line – isn’t, the defense can’t tackle, receivers can’t catch, coaches can’t coach and the owners – shouldn’t. Oh, and the fans don’t seem to live in SD anymore.
    Only good from this season is decent draft positioning which Tom “the terrible” will screw up!

    Player contracts should be “performance based” and week to week. You play poorly get paid poorly, play good paid good, play great paid better……..coaches same philosophy on game plan and play calling. Ought to be a method to hold owners accountable for putting a marginal product on the field. Maybe ban them from game attendance or subject them to “swats” on the 50 yard line during halftime.

    If the NFL owners allow any of the three “crap” teams move to L.A. the league should be banned from producing any games out of the U.S..

  6. Love the way whole Broncos’ season is going. I didn’t exactly want Osweiler to get on the field because of an injury to Peyton, but it’s a heck of a story. This team is for real. I think Osweiler is good enough to take this team to the super bowl, and it won’t bother him one bit if the defense gets all the credit.

  7. The Chiefs shut those bozos down too, and scored more points against them.

    Can’t wait for all of the crying and finger pointing when the Donkeys house of cards finally falls down.

  8. So let me get this straight, the NFL really believes the fans are going to pour into a new stadium to watch the 3-9 Chargers, 4-8 Rams and 5-7 Raiders?

    Goodell and the owners are delusional if they believe that’s going to happen. The reason the Raiders and Rams left before was because no one wanted to watch. This is going to be deja vu all over again but with a third team.

  9. After Inman and Stevie Johnson went out (not that either of them is very good), Rivers had literally no WR to throw it to. Yes, LITERALLY.

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