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Published on 11/21/2010 at Sun Nov 21 05:00.
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Kyle Orton looks for a receiver against the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Kyle Orton looks for a receiver against the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Things just taste better after the Broncos win…

I haven’t been able to quite put my finger on it, but for Denver when it rains it pours. Fans finally got to see the good side of that happening for the first time in a long time.

Josh McDaniels also tipped his hat to the future and what is to come; Tim Tebow has touched the football 13 times and has scored four touchdowns this season. He is a one man answer to the Broncos red zone woes. Kyle Orton had one of his worst games of the season yardage wise, but career best in terms of touchdowns. There’s really not much more that I can say here that you haven’t read, in fact if you read last week’s Predicting the Future you knew what the Kansas City Chiefs were in for before the game; I predicted domination, but not decimation.

Playing Monday Night Football gives the team basically an extra bye type week, as the team gets an extra day of healing, studying and preparing for the San Diego Chargers. The alternate side to that is so do the Chargers. Though their record doesn’t show it, San Diego is the toughest team that Denver will see all season. It’s well publicized how incredible Philip Rivers has been this year, despite not having the same weaponry as in previous seasons. Antonio Gates status is still up in the air, but if he’s a go that spells even more trouble for the Broncos, Denver doesn’t really have anyone in the linebacking corps that can cover him; in past seasons Champ Bailey has lined up over Gates and my hope would be that he would do the same on Monday.

On paper it would appear that the main problem Denver will face is on the offensive side of things going head-to-head with San Diego’s second ranked defense, but the Broncos have been able to step up all season against powerful defenses and still have the fifth overall offense in the NFL. Where the Chargers implode is well documented, special teams… Earlier last week Chargers’ head coach Norv Turner was urged to fire special teams coach Steve Crosby Turner was vehement in that there were about 12 people he would fire before Crosby. Turner went on to vow that there would be no more blocked punts this season, the Chargers have more than the entire NFL combined (five).

Last season, when the Broncos beat the Chargers it was on special teams, where Eddie Royal looked like Superman, scoring on a punt and a kick return. This season it will have to be more of the same if Denver wants to stay involved. The Broncos early success with the Chiefs has been attributed to the fact that McDaniels scripted the first 18 plays, Orton said that this sped up the tempo of the game and brought in crisp packages. Though it would do the team well for McDaniels not to state whether or not he will continue to script the first several plays.

There’s a lot to look forward to Monday night with Turner promising to shake McDaniels hand after the game and McDaniels promising not to talk trash to Shaun Phillips (at least in the pregame). Here’s where the game will be interesting though, this is Jamal Williams first trip back to the city that can’t support their team. Wonder what type of advantage that will bring to the Broncos… Shunned by the team that he’d given blood (and some tricep muscle) to for the last 12 seasons, Williams may be the x-factor in this whole thing.

One thing is for sure, if the Broncos don’t win on Monday night the season is basically lost. So the crowd will be there, the lights will be on… If they are who they say they are, it’s time to be super stars.

Broncos win 38-24.

  • areferee

    I want your prediction to be true, I-Man…more than you know. But I just can't see it this week, even though it clearly affects the remainder of the season adversely. All of our weaknesses will be exposed again, and our own special teams has not been stellar this season.

    Now if Haggan and Ayers can dump Rivers on his arrogant backside 6 or 7 times, maybe your prediction does stand a chance. There is always hope, if not faith.

  • Ian Henson

    I kind off wish there were a Orton/Rivers rivalry… Just seems something that's beyond Orton though, not that he's too classy, just that he's too intelligent.

  • Laramiefan

    Jamal Williams will be double teamed and it can be indicative of where the play is going because the pulling offensive player will come from the opposite side of where the play is going unless it is a pass. The Broncos will put some points on the board if their running plays are working like they did in Kansas City , of course this opens up the passing field for the Broncos .Just some thoughts . However it happens it happens . Go Broncos .

  • r8r h8rdude

    Ian Henson, you are my favorite Bronco writer. Way better than anyone at the Post or

  • Ian Henson

    Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

  • mikebirty

    I reckon it'll be much duller than 38-24. 17-10 Broncos is what I reckon.

    Working from home so I can watch the game with breakfast on Tuesday, can't wait.

  • Kelli_386

    I cant wait to watch the game tomorrow night. I'm so happy “Tim Tebow” did win “Rookie of the week” I could never try to predict the score of any game, I love watching it happen. I'm not predicting anything I'm only letting you know how I feel which is now that Tims going to be playing more,I'm praying, I feel we'll see alot more win on the Broncos side.Glory to God.

  • TheTroglodyte

    All I have to say is that the game will have a beginning and a conclusion. There will be anger, laughter, sorrow and tears. Yes, two teams will indeed take the field tomorrow, and two teams will leave that same field leaving behind both heartache and joy.

    I think my score prediction is more than blatantly obvious. Even though I have not said anything relevant, my irrelevance certainly said more than what needed to be said.

    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Or close the wall up with our Broncos dead.”

  • anthony33


    Agee. Based on last week, the combination of Ayers and Haggen on the outside with Mays and Williams inside is at least intriguing.

    I know one week does not mean a thing, but really liked what I saw from Haggen and Mays. It may turn out to be the magical combination.

  • 5280

    that picture is awsome!!!

  • Darwin

    I don't see the Broncos beating the Chargers tonight but if Gates is out then it should be close. The Chargers just have more talent than the Broncos.

  • kerry

    Chargers win big, Tebow starts next week. sorry everyone, i cant pick the Broncos against these guys in San Diego. MAtt Cassel throws for 400 yards last week, Rivers is gonna dismantle our slow old secondary.

  • Kbryant3019

    bronco's will not win to night.They will win four out of the next seven.

  • Annie

    Ummm God doesn't watch football and has better things to do than to answer stupid prayers about Tim Tebow and the Broncos.

  • Coxsky46

    love my broncos, but we just dont have it.

  • Coxsky46

    its tuff to watch games, one good thing im from ohio dont get many games here on tv.

  • Gäst

    stream Denver Broncos – San Diego Chargers

  • Ian Henson

    Welcome back Kerry

  • areferee

    Yes, we've known for years that the Chargers are a godless bunch too.
    (That's little gb2)

  • areferee

    Can't say I care for either of your theories. :-)

    (Just kidding. Your first one was pretty good.)

  • areferee

    Sarcasm…I like it…

  • areferee

    Way to go! Now his avatar won't fit on my screen. :-)

  • kerry

    man im tired of being right. Denver gets crushed again.

  • kerry

    man im tired of being right. Denver gets crushed again.