2016 Broncos Season, Week Eight
The Broncos earned a measure of revenge, besting the Chargers on Sunday.
Week Eight: Broncos 27, San Diego Chargers 16
Season Record: 6-2 (4-1 Home)
Key Play: In the fourth quarter, with the Broncos leading 27-16 and the Chargers facing fourth and goal at the two yard line, Phillip Rivers dropped back to pass and it was broken up by Lorenzo Doss, preserving the eight point lead. The Broncos held on to win.
Recap: Sometimes you have to win ugly games, and the Broncos certainly did that on Sunday. Trevor Siemian struggled, much more than it shows in the box score. He was lucky not to have a few passes picked off, and he was woefully inaccurate on some deep passes. In addition, at times the defense struggled to contain the Chargers' offense, including on a 98-yard drive in the third quarter. But you play to win the game, and the Broncos won to move to 6-2 and remain in a first place tie with the Raiders — who they play on Sunday. The fact that Kubiak was critical of the offense after the game is also a good sign. He is motivated to make it work, and I think it will get better. At least the Broncos had some fire and were able to best the Chargers in this second go around.
* Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The receivers are clearly frustrated, but they also made some good plays, each catching tough downfield throws. DT finished with five grabs for 79 yards while Sanders caught four for 68 yards.
* Broncos' secondary. The secondary came to play Sunday. Though Aqib Talib missed the game, and Kayvon Webster was hurt early, the Broncos were able to pick off three Rivers passes, one returns for a touchdown, one setting up a touchdown and another that should have, were it not for a Devontae Booker fumble. The best offense is a good defense, and Denver had that Sunday.
* Broncos front. Jared Crick, Derek Wolfe, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware made life miserable for Rivers, and it helped the Broncos get the win. We missed Ware.
* Siemian needs to improve. He has struggled to throw downfield and with some of his pocket presence.
* Running Game. The Broncos running game was again woeful Sunday, and Kubiak said as much. I like Booker, but he need to pick it up.
* Offensive Line. I can't help but think this is at the root of a lot of our problems on offense. It needs work...