The Denver Broncos, at 4-1, typically find ways to win games, while the San Diego Chargers, at 1-4, typically find ways to lose them. That is likely one reason why Denver is a three-point favorite on the road Thursday night.
“It’s incredible,” Denver Post Broncos reporter Cameron Wolfe said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench, referring to the Chargers’ late-game collapses. “They sort of had the same problem last year to a lesser extent, but they’ve lost four games by six points or less and it seems like every game they should have won. They were up by huge margins. I saw the way it ended last week with that muffed field goal. It’s starting to become a joke. Some teams just don’t know how to win yet. It seems this is a team that, you got the talent, but you don’t know how to win. If you don’t know who to win, you’ll find ways to lose. That seems like that’s their problem. . . . Mike McCoy might be on his last season with the Chargers if he keeps (this up).”
San Diego has lost three straight games – to Indianapolis, New Orleans and Oakland – by a combined eight points. Denver, meanwhile, is coming off a 23-16 home loss to an Atlanta team that is suddenly lighting up everyone.
Denver’s loss snapped a nine-game winning streak dating back to last season.
“They’ve still got a good team and I think the loss sort of will benefit them, at least coming into this week because they’re a little fired up,” Wolfe said. “They’ve heard all week about how there’s a formula to beat them now. Now they’re sort of trying to prove that wrong. They’re trying to prove they’re still the defense that won the Super Bowl last year.”
Denver went 2-0 against San Diego last season, winning 17-3 last December and 27-20 in January.
“I think this could actually end up turning into an ugly game,” Wolfe said. “I think the Broncos are going to come with a lot of energy, a lot of anger and a lot of ferocity. I don’t think this is a game they’ll come in sleep-walking and get caught, especially since it’s a divisional opponent in their first division game.”
Kickoff is at 8:25 p.m. ET.