At 5-0, the Broncos head into their second AFC West road game as underdogs. When they visit the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, there will certainly be plenty to feel motivated about as the team strives for a 6-0 record heading into the bye week.
“It is going to be a 60-minute game, and it’s on Monday night,” Kyle Orton said. “I don’t think we will have any issue being emotionally ready to play this game.”
The Broncos know the Chargers will be ready as well. At 2-2, quarterback Philip Rivers admitted the team isn’t where it hoped it would be at this point in the season. In a hostile atmosphere against a team playing like it’s desperate for a win, it could be a tough battle all night.
For that reason, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said the team is looking to start fast on Monday.
“There is no better way to kind of curb the emotional high that another team may have at home on a Monday night than to go out and execute your game plan maybe better than they do,” he said.
The Broncos practice on Saturday, then travel to San Diego on Sunday. On Monday, the nation will be able to see the Broncos take on the Chargers in a divisional clash with big-time implications in the standings.
The team can’t wait.
“It’s the last game of that week and everybody’s sitting at home watching,” Daniel Graham said. “There’s something special about Monday night, and it’s always fun to play in that game.”
INJURY REPORT UPDATE
For the Broncos, Spencer Larsen is out for Monday’s contest and Correll Buckhalter is probable. The Chargers have listed LB Antwan Applewhite and C Nick Hardwick as out and LB Stephen Cooper as questionable. For a full look at the injury report, click here.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com