Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Chargers-Broncos preview

.Tonight

Chargers (6-7) at Broncos (11-2)

When/where: 8:25; Sports Authority Field, Denver

TV/radio: NFL Network; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Broncos by 10½; 56½

The Chargers' Philip Rivers is having an outstanding season with 26 TD passes, ranking him fifth in the league. But that's 19 fewer than Denver's Peyton Manning, who has a league-high 45 to go with a league-high 4,522 yards. Denver's Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have 21 TD catches since the start of last season, most among NFL receivers. Denver's Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal Sunday. The Broncos will be without second-leading WR Wes Welker (concussion).

Greg Auman's pick: Broncos 41, Chargers 31

Injury report

Chargers Questionable: CB Johnny Patrick (ankle), WR Eddie Royal (toe). Probable: WR Keenan Allen (shoulder), T D.J. Fluker (ankle), DE Lawrence Guy (toe), C Nick Hardwick (neck), LB Jarret Johnson (hand), DE Sean Lissemore (toe), DE Corey Liuget (knee), CB Shareece Wright (foot).

BRONCOS Out: WR Wes Welker (concussion), DE Derek Wolfe (illness). Questionable: CB Champ Bailey (foot). Probable: S Mike Adams (thumb), RB C.J. Anderson (illness), S Omar Bolden (shoulder), S David Bruton (shoulder), WR Eric Decker (ribs), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), WR Trindon Holliday (shoulder), DE Malik Jackson (knee), T Winston Justice (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), QB Peyton Manning (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (shoulder), WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder), TE Julius Thomas (knee), C J.D. Walton (ankle).

Chargers-Broncos preview 12/11/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  2. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

    College

    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  3. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  4. Lightning confused by NHL's slashing crackdown

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — D Victor Hedman said the joke in the Lightning locker room before Friday's exhibition game was that the over/under on slashing penalties would be six.

    "It was the over again," Hedman quipped.

    Wing Ryan Callahan, left,  pursues the Predators’ Colton Sissons, being careful how he uses his stick given the crackdown on slashing in the preseason. “It’s hard to defend when you’re so used to doing something for so long and now it’s a penalty,” Callahan says.
  5. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.