Fan Slant: Denver Broncos Focusing On AFC West Dominance In First Divisional Game

Fan Slant is a featured weekly column by Ray Roybal that takes the Fan’s perspective each week and breaks down the game, only as a Bronco fans can do! In each column, Ray will share his thoughts on the prior week’s game, the focus point for the game ahead, which group will prove to be the difference maker, who the game ball will go to, and a score prediction.

Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons [Recap]

Even the defending Super Bowl champs have a bad day, right? From QB Paxton Lynch holding the ball way too long, to the offensive line struggling to the LB core allowing Tevin Coleman to run free; okay, okay, I’ll stop there. It just wasn’t a great day and we only lost by seven! Something tells me the Broncos coaching staff wasn’t too worried about this game as much as the Thursday night matchup against a division rival in San Diego.

I mean, the loss to the Falcons was big, but not as big as not being rested and prepared for a division win on the road. First step to another ring is to first secure the AFC West. We can live with a loss to the NFC Falcons.

Head coach Gary Kubiak is recovering at home from health issues. Bundled up with a short week, it will be imperative the Broncos as a team come out with a sense of urgency, dictate the flow of the game and don’t let up.

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

Focus Point

Denver Defense

Attack Philip Rivers. As we know, the way to get to San Diego is to throw Rivers off his game mentally. Once you’ve done that, game is over! I expect six-plus sacks tonight!!

Denver Offense

Back comes Trevor Siemian! Many fans used the “he is a product of the system” phrase when Siemian turned in a 4-0 record before he got hurt. Last week’s game without Siemian changed that topic! With Siemian’s threat to throw the ball down the field and keep six or less in the box, C.J. Anderson should be due for a good game.

Difference Makers

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The offensive difference maker in the game will be Trevor Siemian. The offensive line will be better as well. The Charger defense will be on their heels all night long. Siemian's stat line will be 290 yards, three touchdowns.

The defensive difference maker in the game will be Von Miller. Miller should be lined up on the King Dunlap-side of the ball at times (right next to old teammate Orlando Franklin) which Miller should be able to win all night long!

Miller stats will be five tackles, three sacks

Game Ball

My game ball will go the offensive line. Coming back from a very poor game, the line will play as a whole and open up the run game. Having Virgil Green back will be a huge addition as well

Score Prediction

Denver 34, San Diego 16

Bold Prediction

After the Broncos put away the Chargers, come Monday morning Mike McCoy will be fired.

Ray Roybal is Mile High Huddle's Resident Bronco-holic. You can find him on Twitter @RoybalSportTalk.

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