By Tim Cao
Joe DeCamillis was left “sick to his stomach” after his debut as interim head coach for the Denver Broncos in their thrilling Week 6 loss to division rivals – the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos are now tied with the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West and look to regain some momentum against the Texans, who are led by former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Week 6 Game Review (Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers)
Offense – the Broncos were expecting a boost from the three starters returning from injury (Trevor Siemian, Virgil Green, and Donald Stephenson), but the offense still failed to score more than one touchdown, settling for field goals on hand out opportunities. Like last week, there is plenty of blame to go around. The play calling was predictable and unaggressive, the ball protection was careless (two lost fumbles), but most of all the penalties committed were too costly. Late in the game when the Broncos were trying to mount a comeback, big plays were nullified by penalties, such as C.J. Anderson’s would-be touchdown reception.
Defense – the defense had trouble stopping Philip Rivers early on and allowed a 48-yard rush by Melvin Gordon, but when it was crunch time the Broncos proved they can still be relied on. Four out of the five times the Chargers were in the Red Zone, they were allowed only field goals and zero points were allowed in the fourth quarter.
Special Teams – for his part, Joe DeCamillis got great performances out of his special teams. The Broncos special teams retrieved three extra possessions (two fumbles and an onside kick were recovered), accentuating just how inefficient the offense was.
Injury Report – Demarcus Ware (Out), Russell Okung (Questionable), Cody Latimer (Questionable)
Returning From Injury – None
Week 7 Game Preview (Broncos vs. Texans)
Key Matchup – Von Miller vs. Brock Osweiler. Obviously, this matchup extends to the other pass rushers vs. the Texan’s O-line and even the Denver secondary against the Houston receivers. However, this past offseason was decided by the fact that Denver couldn’t afford Osweiler because they prioritized resigning Von Miller, justifiably so. On Monday Night, the result of the game will be a statement on the most effective ways to spend salary cap, but at its core we’ll see a heated contest between old teammates.
“We just want to kill him.” – Brandon Marshall regarding Texan’s QB Brock Osweiler
Prediction: Broncos 27 – Texans 16