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San Diego Chargers Game Release - Week 11 at Denver
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The San Diego Chargers (4-5) will play an important AFC West game when they travel to Denver, Colorado to take on the division-leading Broncos (6-3) on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos, winners of four straight games, hold a two-game lead over the Chargers in the AFC West and beat the Bolts in Week 6 in San Diego, 35-24. Kickoff is 1:15 p.m. PST (2:15 p.m. local time).
CBS Sports will televise the game in Southern California with Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play and former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots providing analysis.
The Chargers’ and Broncos’ seasons have gone in opposite directions since the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit and defeated the Chargers, 35-24, in that Oct. 15 meeting at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos, who came into that game 2-3, haven’t lost since, while the Chargers went into that game 3-2 and have since lost three of four. However, the Chargers have won the last three and five of their last six matchups in Denver. With a win this Sunday, San Diego would pull within a game of the Broncos in the AFC West and improve its division record to 4-1. After Sunday’s game in Denver, the Bolts will play four of their last six at home against teams who have a combined record of 24-29, while the Broncos play just three of their last six at home, but those six have a combined record of just 19-33 for the 2012 season.
The Chargers come into Sunday’s game following a 34-24 loss in Tampa. The Buccaneers scored 14 points off Bolts miscues, including a 29-yard return for touchdown following a blocked punt and an 83-yard touchdown return following an interception when the Chargers were in position to kick a field goal that would potentially have tied the game, 24-24. Those lapses overshadowed an effort in which the Chargers outgained the Buccaneers in total yards, 426 to 279, including a career-best 134-yard receiving performance by the recently-acquired Danario Alexander that included a career-long 80-yard touchdown catch.
The Broncos are coming off two wins on the road over the 4-5 Cincinnati Bengals and the 2-7 Carolina Panthers. In Sunday’s win at Carolina, Peyton Manning passed for 301 yards and a touchdown, while Demaryius Thomas paced the squad with 135 yards on nine catches. Tony Carter, who scored on a 65-yard fumble return in the Broncos’ game against the Chargers on Oct. 15, had another defensive touchdown, scoring on a 40-yard interception return against the Panthers, while Trindon Holliday recorded his second return touchdown in as many weeks, scoring on a 76-yard punt return against Carolina.
Philip Rivers will need to be on his game against the Broncos. Owner of the NFL’s fourth-highest completion percentage (68.0), Rivers has posted solid numbers at Sports Authority Field, where in six career starts he’s completed 109 of 165 (66.1%) for 1,577 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions for a 102.5 QB rating. Rivers’ top target this season has been Malcom Floyd, who had three catches for 100 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch, when the Chargers and Broncos met in Denver in 2011. Floyd leads the Chargers with 39 catches and 572 receiving yards this season and he’s tied for second with three touchdown catches. Antonio Gates (35 catches for 298 yards), who needs one touchdown catch to equal Lance Alworth’s team record of 81, leads the Bolts with four touchdown catches. He had two in this year’s earlier meeting with the Broncos.
San Diego’s defense will also have to play a key role if the Chargers are to knock off the Broncos on Sunday. The Bolts rank seventh in the NFL in total defense and second against the run thanks in large part to the play of defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and defensive end Corey Liuget, last year’s first-round draft pick. Liuget leads the Chargers’ defensive line in tackles (29), tackles for loss (6), including three last Sunday in Tampa Bay, and passes defensed (6). The Chargers’ defense held Denver to just 57 yards on the ground during this season’s first meeting in October and Quentin Jammer scored his first-career NFL touchdown on an 80-yard interception return off Manning. Chargers’ leading tackler Donald Butler (75 tackles), who had a team-high 10 tackles on Sunday at Tampa Bay, recorded his first career interception when the Bolts met the Broncos last October at Sports Authority Field.
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