San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos Free Picks NFL Week 17
January 2, 2011 by luckylester
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos Free Picks NFL Week 17: Tim Tebow did some good stuff last week for the Broncos, enough to make all those haters question if it’s possible that Tim could be good in the NFL. He was good down the stretch against Houston, that’s for sure. He didn’t just run the ball around the field in some funky version of the wildcat, either – he threw for 308 yards and a touchdown and brought his team back from a 17 point deficit to get his first win as a starter. With all the guys out there expecting him to be terrible, I’ve turned into a fan (that’s kind of how I role, I’m a non-bandwagon fan). But I don’t think he continues his solid play this week at home against San Diego. The Texans have the worst secondary in the league, and the Chargers have a pretty damn good defense that is coming off a very disappointing game last week in Cincinnati. There’s a big difference there, and it’ll show this Sunday afternoon.
Speaking of good young quarterbacks, Philip Rivers is one of the best in the league. Without Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates for big chunks of the season, Rivers has still thrown for 4397 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. The Chargers struggled to run it much of the season, so all the weight went on Rivers’ shoulders. His reward? In Week 17 he gets to air it out against a Denver secondary that is getting killed in the second half of the season. No playoffs for Rivers, but a big game (350+ yards) Rivers could jump into the Top 6 all time passing yardage seasons of all time. Without Mike Tolbert, the Chargers might just air it out on Sunday.
All in all, the Broncos aren’t good. They won last week, but it took nothing short of a miracle to get it done, and back to back miracles are few and far between. Look for San Diego to end on a win, and do so easily.