|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.5||1-2||2-1||20.3||11.3||343.3||(5.8)||1.7||18.0||9.0||272.7||(5.1)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||23.2||14.3||20.4||32:27||27-106||(3.9)||23-33||68.0%||229||(6.9)||60-335||(5.6)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.1||13.1||20.6||31:58||28-122||(4.4)||22-34||64.0%||253||(7.4)||62-376||(6)||(14.4)|
|Offense Road Games||22.6||15.6||20.2||32:31||26-95||(3.6)||23-34||68.6%||239||(7.1)||60-334||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.2||8.4||18.6||27:33||23-83||(3.6)||22-34||64.1%||234||(6.8)||57-318||(5.5)||(15)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||10.6||19.9||30:32||26-109||(4.2)||23-37||61.5%||251||(6.9)||62-360||(5.8)||(15.6)|
|Defense Road Games||21.2||10.0||18.8||27:29||24-85||(3.6)||22-36||61.1%||237||(6.6)||60-321||(5.4)||(15.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.8||2.1||-0.2||13-6||44.2%||0-0||25.0%||3-66||(24.7)||2-13||(6.3)||6-45|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||38.7%||1-0||50.9%||2-52||(23.6)||21-2||(9.5)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.8||0.4||1.2||0.4||14-6||41.2%||0-0||0.0%||3-68||(22.6)||2-18||(8.3)||5-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||1.0||1.9|| ||12-5||40.2%||1-0||40.0%||3-61||(22)||2-16||(8.5)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.8||2.1|| ||13-5||39.7%||1-0||53.4%||3-66||(23.8)||22-2||(9.3)||6-51|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.8||1.6|| ||13-5||38.5%||1-0||40.0%||2-44||(22.1)||2-14||(7.6)||6-51|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||2-1||33.7||14.7||416.3||(6.5)||1.7||17.0||5.7||289.3||(4.7)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||30.1||9.6||22.3||29:13||27-102||(3.8)||26-37||69.5%||294||(8)||64-396||(6.2)||(13.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.1||10.4||20||29:20||26-112||(4.3)||22-35||63.3%||239||(6.9)||61-351||(5.8)||(15.2)|
|Offense Home Games||31.7||11.2||24.7||31:28||32-136||(4.3)||24-37||66.0%||300||(8.2)||68-435||(6.4)||(13.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.0||12.8||21.0||30:47||28-98||(3.6)||22-37||59.9%||219||(5.9)||64-317||(4.9)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||25.1||13.8||21.3||31:55||27-106||(3.9)||23-37||63.8%||260||(7.1)||64-366||(5.8)||(14.6)|
|Defense Home Games||17.5||11.0||17.0||28:31||23-83||(3.6)||20-36||54.8%||219||(6)||60-302||(5.1)||(17.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||1.3||2.0||-0.4||13-6||44.3%||1-0||60.0%||2-50||(21.5)||3-32||(9.5)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.8||1.7||2||13-5||38.7%||1-0||51.4%||3-70||(23.1)||20-2||(9.4)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.0||1.0||1.0||0.0||14-6||47.3%||0-0||50.0%||1-28||(18.7)||4-34||(9.1)||5-47|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.4||1.6|| ||14-5||36.7%||1-1||50.0%||2-41||(21.8)||2-8||(3.9)||7-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.5||1.3|| ||13-6||41.7%||1-0||44.6%||2-57||(23.8)||18-2||(8.3)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.7||0.2||1.0|| ||14-5||35.1%||2-1||57.1%||0-7||(13.5)||2-11||(6.1)||6-44|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN DIEGO 17.8, DENVER 22.1|
|9/30/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||37-20||W||-2.5||W||43||O||34-104||18-23-189||1||22-119||24-42-234||6|
|10/7/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||24-31||L||3||L||53.5||O||18-117||27-42-310||2||21-53||29-45-351||1|
|11/11/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||24-34||L||3||L||46.5||O||26-103||29-37-323||2||22-74||14-20-205||0|
|11/18/2012||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/7/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||21-31||L||6||L||50.5||O||20-70||31-44-332||3||54-251||23-31-193||1|
|10/15/2012||@ SAN DIEGO||35-24||W||0||W||48||O||22-57||24-30-309||3||27-90||25-41-218||6|
|11/18/2012||SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/6/2012||@ OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SAN DIEGO: Offensive line coach Hal Hunter picks up the offensive coordinator title after Clarence Shelmon's retirement, but this remains head coach Norv Turner's offense. They want to establish the power running game between the tackles, though Ryan Mathews gives them the versatility to mix in some zone blocking as well. With Mike Tolbert gone, newly acquired veteran Ronnie Brown will pick up some carries. But hybrid back Le'Ron McClain could end up more closely replicating Tolbert as the power change-of-pace to Mathews. While Mathews figures to play a lot of the red zone snaps, McClain seems likely to step in on the goal line. Turner is an Air Coryell disciple who gets the ball downfield. Protection issues were at the root of Philip Rivers' mid-season struggles in 2011, but they seem to have gotten things straightened out with Jared Gaither stepping in at left tackle. Rivers reads deep-to-short, with Robert Meachem taking over for Vincent Jackson as the primary deep target. Antonio Gates will continue to run a lot of intermediate crossing routes as the No. 2 option, with Malcom Floyd occasionally targeted as a deep threat. The Chargers use their backs often in the passing game and they really missed Darren Sproles last year. But the arrival of Eddie Royal in the slot could fill some of Sproles' old catch-and-run playmaking. When they throw in the red zone, Gates is overwhelmingly the top target. The Chargers' defense experienced quite a drop-off in production last season, allowing 75 more yards per game than in 2010. They brought in some solid veterans to help in 2012, but no real game-changers. First-round draft pick DE Melvin Ingram will need some seasoning before he becomes an elite pass rusher. Eric Weddle now plays more of a centerfield role rather than downhill in the box. This reduced his production in the tackle department and seemed to hurt the San Diego run defense a bit last season, but Weddle's seven interceptions in 2011 were more than he had in his previous four seasons combined. |
|DENVER: This entire offense will obviously be revamped going from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. Before they scrapped the entire playbook to run Tebow's zone-spread stuff, they were reinstalling a more traditional zone-blocking scheme under o-line coach Dave Magazu (they had moved to more of a man scheme under Josh McDaniels' regime). Willis McGahee will have an adjustment to make again; he benefitted from the threat of Tebow last year, but was mediocre in traditional sets and put the ball on the ground far too much. Rookie Ronnie Hillman could push him on early downs and also see a good portion of the reps on third down. This offense is basically being handed over to Peyton Manning. Manning's offense is all about feel; it's a lot of option routes and adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Demaryius Thomas is his most gifted receiver, but he'll have a major adjustment to make after playing in a run-heavy, triple-option offense in college, then Tebow's zone-read in his first significant NFL action. Eric Decker, who has experience in pro style offenses, should be able to pick this up more quickly. The Broncos figure to use two tight ends often, with Joel Dreessen blocking while Jacob Tamme plays more H-back and occasional slot as a receiver. The Broncos' first option will be to throw it in the red zone. During his time with the Colts, Manning would go to the line with a passing play and audible to a run only if needed. John Fox certainly made his mark felt on the defense in his first year as Denver's head coach. The Broncos D will benefit from Peyton Manning leading longer drives on offense in 2012. The healthy return of Elvis Dumervil to partner with Von Miller forms a potent pass-rushing LB tandem. After missing 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, Dumervil took a while to adjust to Denver's new 4-3 scheme. He had all 9.5 of his sacks in November/December, showing he's very capable of returning to his 2009 form. Miller isn't consistent against the run, but he is a 15-sack threat. He struggled late last year, with just two total tackles and zero sacks over the final three weeks, but that can likely be chalked up to him hitting the rookie wall. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-DENVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Chargers-Broncos Preview* ==========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
A historic comeback helped the Denver Broncos tie the San Diego Chargers atop the AFC West standings last month.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos can take a firm grip of the division lead - and put a huge dent in the Chargers' playoff chances - with its first season sweep in this series in seven years.
The Broncos go for their fifth straight victory on Sunday against a Chargers team trying to get back on track with its fourth consecutive win at Denver.
Facing a 24-0 halftime deficit, the Broncos rallied for a 35-24 victory at San Diego on Oct. 15 to pull even with the Chargers at 3-3. Since his three second-half touchdowns in that contest helped the Broncos post the fourth-greatest comeback in league history, Manning has guided Denver (6-3) to three more victories and a two-game edge over second-place San Diego (4-5), which has two wins in its last seven games - both against lowly Kansas City.
While Manning is a making a strong case for an unprecedented fifth MVP - he owns the league's best passer rating (108.0) and is completing a career-best 69.7 percent of his passes - he's definitely not doing it alone.
The Broncos, who have the league's sixth-ranked defense, have 12 sacks in the last two contests and are allowing 18.8 points per game during the winning streak.
Denver's special teams have also come up big lately with Trindon Holliday returning kicks for TDs in each of the last two games.
The NFL said this week that his 76-yard punt return in last Sunday's 36-14 win at Carolina should have been ruled a touchback after he flipped the ball out of his hands before crossing the goal line, but that doesn't change the fact that San Diego could have its hands full with the speedy returner.
"Denver's playing amazing right now," Chargers safety Eric Weddle said. "All three phases are playing well off of each other and it shows on the tape."
San Diego coach Norv Turner couldn't have enjoyed watching the second half of last Sunday's 34-24 loss to Tampa Bay. Coming off a 31-13 win over the Chiefs that ended their three-game skid, the Chargers were outscored 17-3 in the final 19-plus minutes.
Philip Rivers had three TDs, but he was picked off twice in the second half, the last one returned 83 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
"The big negative plays, the turnovers are killing us," Turner said. "Our biggest thing is we need to go put four quarters together, play at a high level, take care of the ball and not give up. If a team's going to make plays on you, make them earn it. Don't give up easy plays. It's a challenge for us coming into Denver."
Rivers is 5-1 visiting the Broncos following a 29-24 victory on Oct. 9, 2011, but the Chargers' signal-caller has been awful in the fourth quarter with a 56.5 passer rating and a league-worst six INTs.
Chris Harris' 46-yard INT return for a score with 2:05 left sealed the Broncos' victory on Oct. 15.
Manning, meanwhile, has nine TDs, no INTs and a 121.9 passer rating in the fourth quarter.
After throwing a touchdown to Brandon Stokley last Sunday, the veteran quarterback is one shy of passing Dan Marino for second all-time with 421.
"I have never felt comfortable kind of being mentioned with him," Manning said.
Manning, though, has no problem giving credit to an offensive line that's allowed just 11 sacks this season.
"They have done a great job and certainly every quarterback appreciates it when you don't get sacked," he said.
Rivers has been sacked twice as much, yet just four times in the last three games.
The Chargers' line, though, could face one of its stiffest tests of the season in Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, who are the league's top-duo in terms of sacks with 17.
Dumervil, though, is questionable after leaving last Sunday's game with a left shoulder injury. An MRI on Monday did not reveal a tear and he didn't practice on Wednesday.
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, the team's leading tackler in five of the last eight seasons, could make his season debut after missing six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and the next three for a second alcohol-related driving conviction.
Denver's secondary will have to keep an eye on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who has all four of his TDs - he caught a season-best two against Denver - in the last four games.
Gates is one TD shy of matching Lance Alworth for the team record with 81.
Chargers back Ryan Mathews is questionable after missing practice on Wednesday with a stiff neck. He ran for 74 in last month's loss to Denver after averaging 127.3 in his first three games in this divisional matchup.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:11:21 PM EST|