For four straight seasons, the San Diego Chargers have gotten off to a relatively slow start.
But by the end of each year, the Chargers had bounced back to win the AFC West crown.
“I know they don’t plan it out that way, but for some reason, they play their best football in November and December,” Champ Bailey said.
The Chargers currently sit third in the AFC West standings at 4-5, with an 0-2 record within the division. But the Broncos know they can’t take that record for granted.
“We’re well aware that they haven’t lost a divisional game in November or December since 2005 and there’s a reason for that,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “We’re going to have to play really good football in a lot of phases and we really don’t care what the statistics say, we just know that we’re going to get a great performance from them, too.”
The head coach said he looked at a number of factors to pinpoint why the Chargers have been able to turn their season around so often in recent history.
He said it may come down to penalties, turnovers or special teams not going San Diego’s way in the first half, but the team finding a way to adjust for the second part of the season.
“This team, historically has reversed that and made something that wasn’t necessarily a strength a big positive going down the stretch,” McDaniels said.
But Brian Dawkins, for one, isn’t concerned with what San Diego has done in the past. He is focused on what the Broncos can control on the field, starting this Sunday.
“They are always going to be a good team to me, they are always going to be the team to beat because they won this division for so many years,” he said. “But as far as I am concerned, we are 1-0 in the second half of the season and this is the next game in line. So, it is about what we are going to do as a team.”
Below are some photos from Saturday’s practice.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com