Broncos healthy and focused

The Broncos head back to the field after their bye week facing a must win competition as they take on the San Diego Chargers Sunday at Invesco at Mile High.

Denver expects Sunday to be the beginning of the turning point for their season as they welcome back Jake Plummer, Ephraim Salaam, and hopefully Ed McCaffrey and Jason Elam. Although the team will still be missing key players such as John Mobley and Ian Gold, they expect Plummer's return to get the Broncos back on track.

"(Jake Plummer) brings a different energy, said tight end Shannon Sharpe. "Not knocking anyone else, but his style of quarterbacking is what our team needs. He's a guy who can get in there and make some plays happen with his arm and with his legs. He can move and get up field when they have good coverage and get three, four, five yards. That is going to be a huge lift for us."

Although Plummer's performance during his first game back will be critical in deciding the Broncos' future, the Broncos feel they are still "in control" and expect the entire team to pull together, according to Sharpe.

"We have to have some big plays in the game from offense, defense and special teams," said Sharpe. "We have to play together as a unit and, regardless of losing three straight games, we have to go out there and have fun."

Although the Chargers have a 2-7 record, the Broncos are not underrating the potential of their opponent. For the past week, the Broncos have set their focus on preparing to end their three game losing streak, but know the Chargers may be more challenging than many expect.

Bronco Breakdown

On Offense: The Chargers' run and pass defense is one of the worst in the NFL, which should give the Broncos plenty of opportunity to utilize their weapons on offense. With Plummer back, the Broncos will have more options on offense and can focus on a more complex game plan. The deciding factor will depend upon how Plummer connects since missing the past four games.

On Defense: The Broncos' defense will focus on keeping the Chargers' running game to a minimum by containing running back LaDainian Tomlinson, which shouldn't be extremely difficult since the Chargers' offensive line has been switched up several times due to injuries and has yet to find a well-connected rhythm. Doug Flutie completed 21 of 29 passes for 248 yards last week against Minnesota, therefore the Broncos defense will have to solidify all facets early in the game to set the tone for a Bronco victory.

Although the Chargers' record may reflect only two wins this season, it will be essential for the Broncos to gain momentum and connect early in the game in order to end their three game losing streak.


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