Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/26/11

A tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Chargers have lost five straight against the spread, while the Broncos have rattled off three in a row. This is the power of the almighty Tebow against a floundering Chargers attack that has been hanging on by a thread for years.

But yet somehow, despite the Chargers 4-6 record and recent run of awful play, they are a 6.5 favorite in this game. Their offensive line is a concussed mess, and the Broncos pass rush is turning into one of the most dangerous in the league. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil is quickly becoming the most feared tandem of outside backers in the league, as they have been terrorizing quarterbacks across the league this year. Miller has ten sacks on the season, and has already wrapped up the defensive rookie of the years award.

Then there is that disaster that is San Diego’s offensive line. Pro Bowl left tackle Marcus McNeil is still out with a neck injury. Tyronn Green, who took over for Kris Dielman following Concussiongate, is down with a hand injury. Right guard Louis Vasquez has the evil high ankle sprain. Only Nick Hardwick and Jeromey Clary remain from the opening day starters. They simply don’t have the pieces needed to stop the Broncos pass rush.

The tight ends will be asked to stay close to the line to help with some chip blocks, but Antonio Gates is not exactly known for his pass blocking skills. So we could see a lot of Phil Rivers eating turf this week.

Remember Tim Tebow? Remember how magical he can be? Well you are going to see more of it this week. He will struggle for the first three quarters of the game. Rivers may throw a few scores and the Chargers will likely enter the fourth quarter with a lead. But then the magic will happen, and you know it will. Tebow will get the ball late in the game and he will the game will be all his. No one can stop the Tebow.

The crazy option that Denver tries to run will fail for most of the game, but it will come through when it really matters. Denver does not do it pretty, but they have been getting it done.

Remember when Ryan Mathews was going to be a stud of a running back? He was going to take over for LT in the Chargers back field and become one of the best all-purpose backs in the league. Some “experts” has him ranked in the top five coming into his rookie season last year. But then he caught a case of the fumbles. He has dropped four this year, and lost two of them. Not terrible numbers, but he has not had that bounce in his stride that we expected from him. Injuries have obviously hindered him, but much more is needed from him if the Chargers are going to return to prominence. The Chargers are averaging just 4.2 yards per carry this year, which simply isn't enough when the receivers are so consistently banged up.

Pop quiz. Who are the Chargers starting middle linebackers? Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler, obviously. Yes, Takeo Spikes. He who started his career in 1998-1999, and is still kicking it. This should explain to you the state of their defense. Aside from Eric Weddle, the defensive corps is a disaster. They signed Bob Sanders, who obviously couldn’t stay healthy for more than a week. We could see a lot from Decker and Demaryius Thomas this week.

Neither of these teams have especially potent defenses this year, but when it gets down to crunch time, the Chargers simply do not have the weapons to win this game by a touchdown, if at all.

Then there is the power of Tebow. Fear the Tebow. He will defeat you. Do not question the Tebow.

Take the Broncos, and if you are brave enough to take them straight up on the money line, do it.



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