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Thursday Night Football is tonight (10-13-16 8pm ET) and the Denver Broncos head to Southern California to play the San Diego Chargers.

The Broncos are 4-1 this season, having suffered their first loss of the season last week, 23-16 to the Atlanta Falcons.

I have a feeling the Chargers do find a way to win this game, if nothing else because nothing this season seems to go as expected, but, either way, this is actually a crucial game for both teams, even if the standings don't look it.

It's unusual that this is the Broncos' first divisional game of the season, coming six games in. They're now ranked 5th in offensive DVOA despite losing their best receiver and featuring an offensive line that has one of the highest adjusted sack rates of any team in the NFL. "I just really try not to think about it". A lot of that has to do with the departures of defensive lineman Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan in free agency, but for the Chargers they shouldn't care why it's more successful this year, they just need to take advantage of it! Unless he wins, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy may not be at many, if any, more.

The San Diego Chargers face a crucial test Thursday night against the division-rival Denver Broncos.

In Siemian's absence, rookie Paxton Lynch received his first start but struggled in the loss - the Broncos' first of the season.

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So far this season, the Chiefs have beaten the Chargers, the Chargers have beaten the Broncos, and the Raiders have beaten the Chargers. Denver has to focus on pressuring Philip Rivers as the Oakland Raiders exploited Rivers early on in the game last week by forcing errant passes and bad decisions from the immobile quarterback. He will not make the trip with the team to San Diego after being hospitalized with a migraine.

Is there more pain in store for the Chargers, who have led at halftime in all five games and at the two-minute warning in their first four games, and have scored at least 31 points three times, yet are 1-4?

I'm going with the Chargers to cover the field goal spread.

The Denver Broncos had a big time scare last week with Trevor Siemian.

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Last week Chargers first round draft pick Joey Bosa made his National Football League debut and really made some noise picking up 2 sacks and giving the team a much needed pass rusher.

During Siemian's absence, the Broncos gave up a season high six sacks. Bosa made a big impression last Sunday in his regular-season debut, sacking Oakland QB Derek Carr twice and racking up five total tackles despite not starting. On the defense, San Diego is allowing 375.0 yards and 28.4 points per game against the opponents.

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