Broncos Europe’s Andrew Lewis looks at the key elements of Sunday’s game in Los Angeles.
Will we keep Siemian clean?
As to whether Siemian is the long term answer at the position remains to be seen. What we do know is, Siemian is a very different (a much worse) quarterback when under pressure. He has a quick release, a strong arm and the mobility to escape pressure. However the offensive line must give him more time and Siemian must make better decisions. With Watson and Stephenson out, veteran guard Allan Barbe is likely to make the start at RT.
Who will emerge as the lead back?
30 is the magic number for Trevor Siemian. If he attempts less than 30 passes we usually win. For this to come to fruition, we need a strong run game. CJ Anderson has been running hard all year and has had big games where game script and line play has allowed. However each week Jamaal Charles looks increasingly explosive and doesn’t appear to have missed a step. Although I beleieve CJ will remain as the lead back, look for Charles to garner more touches. Also don’t count out Devontae Booker. Booker got work late on against the Giants and brought in 4 passes for 78 yards in the fourth quarter. We will have to keep a keen eye on Booker as he tries to carve out a role for himself.
Can Ground Control get back on track?
After giving up 148 yards on the ground against the Giants, the Broncos defence will be looking to get back on track agaianst the Los Angles Chargers. Don’t believe for one second that the defense will take this lying down: a fired up Derek Wolfe said as much post game. In the season opener the Broncos held Melvin Gordon to just 54 yards, they will hope to repeat that performance on Sunday.
Who will be returning punts/kicks?
With Isaiah McKenzie out, other players will have to step up and make an impact on special teams. Despite rookie mistakes, McKenzie has flashed moments of brilliance. With the Denver offence struggling, expolsive plays on special teams are as important as ever. Look for Jordan “Sunshine” Taylor to step in.
Will McManus gooch again?
Pun intended. McMacnus is having a bad year, there’s no debate about that, however I am confident Brandon can get back on track. A dependable kicking game is just as important as an offence or defence. Kickers ARE people. If McManus can get back on track this will aleiviate some of the pressure on offence, and allow the defence to play more freely. McManus will gooch again.
Final Prediction: Broncos 13 – Chargers 10
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