Welcome to Game Day. The San Diego Chargers are hosting the Denver Broncos as we enter into the second half of the season. November should be an interesting month as we will find out how the Broncos really stack up while facing the meat of their schedule. Kickoff is set for 2:25 pm MT and the game is being aired on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Here is the Broadcast Map to see if the game is televised in your area. It appears that everyone except South Texas and most of Arizona will be able to watch on national television.
Here are the Advanced Stat Efficiency Rankings through Week 9
San Diego is steered by Quarterback Philip Rivers. He has gone 295/213 for 2,473 yards, a 72.2% Completion Rate, an 8.4 average per pass, 17 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions and a 106.5 QB Rating. He has been Sacked 12 times this season. The backups are Charlie Whitehurst and rookie Brad Sorensen out of Southern Utah.
The Running game is pretty much the Ryan Mathews show with a smattering of Danny Woodhead. Matthews has 480 yards and a Touchdown on 117 carries (4.1 avg), while Woodhead has 193 yards and a TD on 53 carries (3.6 avg). Ronnie Brown (26 carries, 83 yds, 1 TD) is averaging less than 10 touches per game and Le’Ron McClain has made four 1st downs in his 8 carries (27 yds). San Diego has the 20th ranked Rushing Offense (103.8 ypg) per NFL.com.
The Passing game has Danny Woodhead (49 rec., 391 yds, 3 TDs) and Tight End Antonio Gates (48 rec., 550 yds, 2 TDs) as the leading Targets for Philip Rivers. Rookie Wideout Keenan Allen (34 rec., 527 yds, 3 TDs), out of Cal, has played his way in as a Starter, while Vincent Brown (27 rec., 282 yds, 1 TD) holds down the other Receiver spot. Former Bronco Eddie Royal (26 rec., 341 yds) has caught a career-high 7 Touchdown passes and has accounted for 41% of the Chargers TDs. Danario Alexander (Torn right ACL) and Malcom Floyd (Sprained neck) landed on Injured Reserve early in the season, giving 3rd round pick Allen the fast track to starter. Ladarius Green (6 rec., 123 yds) and John Phillips (2 rec., 12 yds) are the backup Tight Ends. The Chargers Passing Offense is ranked 4th (300.0 ypg) per NFL.com.
The starting five on the Chargers Offensive Line are from left to right; LT King Dunlap (1 False Start, 1 Hold, 2.5 Sacks Allowed), LG Johnnie Troutman (6 FS, 1 SA), C Nick Hardwick (1 FS, 1 HLD), RG Jeromey Clary (2 FS, 1 HLD, 1.0 SA) and Rookie RT D.J. Fluker (1 Pen, 2 SA). Philip Rivers has been Sacked 12 times this season which ranks 4th overall, right behind the Broncos (11). The Chargers run more off the left side (116 times compared to 88 off the right side).
San Diego’s Defense ranks 11th in Points Against (21.8), 29th in Total Yards (393.8), 28th against the Pass (275.4) and 23rd in Run Defense (118.4).
The Chargers employ a 3-4 Base look with their Front seven Defenders. 6’4”, 330 lb. Cam Thomas (11 TKL, 1 QBHit, 3 Hur, 2 PBU, 1 INT) is the Nose Tackle, while Kendall Reyes (16 TKL, 4 QBHit, 8 Hur, 2.0 SK, 1 PBU) mans the Left End and Corey Liuget (22 TKL, 3.0 SK, 1 QBHit, 12 Hur, 1 FF, 2 PBU) takes the Right End position. Kwame Geathers, a 6′ 6″, 335 lb. Rookie Nose Tackle out of Georgia (3 TKL), LDE Lawrence Guy (2 TKL, 1 Hur, 1 PBU) and RDE Sean Lissemore (11 TKL, 1 Hur, 1.0 SK, 1 PBU, 1 INT, 1 TD) are the backups.
The starting four from left to right are LOLB Larry English (16 TKL, 1.5 SK, 1 PBU), LILB Jarret Johnson (22 TKL, 3.0 SK, 1 PBU), Rookie RILB Manti Te’o (26 TKL, 1 TFL) and ROLB Donald Butler (31 TKL, 0.5 SK). Thomas Keiser (10 TKL, 2.0 SK, 1 PBU) has filled in for Johnson, while Andrew Gachkar (25 TKL, 1 FF) and Reggie Walker (23 TKL, 2.0 SK) have held down the Right Inside while Manti Te’o has recovered from a Training Camp injury and tried to get up to speed. Bront Bird (22 TKL) and rookie Tourek Williams out of Florida International (5 TKL) are the reserves.
Free Safety Eric Weddle leads the Chargers Defense (62 TKL, 1 TFL, 6 PBU) in more than Tackles. Marcus Gilchrist (34 TKL, 3 PBU, 1 INT) is the Strong Safety. The San Diego Defensive backfield has been making 85% of the Tackles, making it easy to see why they rank 23rd against the Run and 28th against the Pass throughout the NFL. Jahleel Addae (22 TKL, 1.0 SK, 1 PBU), an Undrafted Free Agent pickup out of Central Michigan is proving to be a gem.
The Cornerbacks are Derek Cox (34 TKL, 6 PBU, 1 INT) on the left and Shareece Wright (20 TKL, 1 PBU) on the right side, though Johnny Patrick (30 TKL, 1 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FF) and Richard Marshall (31 TKL, 2 PBU, 1 FR) have seen significant playing time.
6th year Pro Nick Novak handles the Kicking responsibilities in San Diego. He is 15 for 17 (88.2%) this season, with two misses in the 30-39 yard range and a long this season is 3 yards shy of his career long of 53 yards. Novak has made all 21 Extra Point Attempts in 2013. He has Kicked off 44 times with 9 Touchbacks. His kickoff lands at the 3 yard line on average and 35 have been returned an average of 25.2 yards.
Mike Scifres does the Punting and is the Holder on Place kicks for San Diego. He has Punted 28 times in 2013, with a 43.4 yard gross average and a 40.5 yard Net. His longest of the season traveled 61 yards. Scifres has placed 13 Inside te 20, with zerp Touchbacks, forced 6 Fair Catches and had 10 returned for an 8.1 average.
Mike Windt is the Long Snapping Specialist for the Chargers. In his 4th season out of Cincinnati, Mike has 2 Special Teams Tackles this season and 8 for his career.
Former Bronco Eddie Royal is the main Punt Returner, with 6 Returns for a 4.8 average and 6 Fair Catches. Rookie Keenan Allen has signalled for 2 Fair Catches and also returned 2 for a 16.0 yard average. Combined, they average 7.6 yards per return. Lavelle Hawkins and Danny Woodhead have taken snaps on Kick Returns. Hawkins has 7 returns for a 22.3 average and Woodhead has 3 for a 21.3 average.
In Coverage, Eric Weddle and Seyi Ajirotutu lead the Charger Special Teamers with 7 Tackles each, followed by Andrew Gachkar and Ladarius Green with 5 each, Jahleel Addae and Johnny Patrick with 4 each and Richard Marshall with 3 Special Teams stops.
The odds have remained firm with Denver favored by 7. The weather forecast is calling for Dense Fog and a temperature range of 53/71f. If the Marine layer Southern California is known for doesn’t burn off, and it may not if it only reaches the low 70’s, it just means there won’t be any wind problem either.
– Kaptain Kirk