- Aug 18, 2005
And 10. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos | Scouting report
Both franchises, playoff teams in 2004, believe they can make postseason runs this season. Yet, the scary aspect of this game is that one of these teams will leave the field 0-2. Of the two, the Chargers have more to lose. They lost their home opener to the Cowboys by four points without tight end Antonio Gates. Gates is back after his contract-related suspension. They have tough road games against the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts that will be hard to win. A loss to the Broncos could slash hopes of getting to 10 wins. The good news for the Chargers is they know the way to slow down the Broncos offense. Despite the run defense problems of the opener against the Cowboys, the Chargers' 3-4 is built to stop rushing attacks. The Broncos have some of the slickest running schemes in football, but the Chargers are physical enough and stout enough along the defensive line to cause problems. Plus, Broncos halfback Mike Anderson could miss the game because of a rib injury and Tatum Bell is a work in progress in the backfield. The big reason the Chargers feel good about this matchup is their 3-4 defense keeps Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer in the pocket. Plummer's strength is beating defenses while scrambling. His stats are ordinary when he's restricted to the pocket. However, if Plummer can find a way to stay in the pocket and pick apart the Chargers, it could lead to a big Denver win in an important AFC West game.