CHARGERS (2-4) VS. DENVER (3-2)
When Chargers have the ball
Teams spend a lot of time talking about “identity,” and this Chargers team spent nearly two months trying to find it. In wins over the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders, the Chargers relied heavily on running back Melvin Gordon. The results? Sixty touches, 313 yards gained and four touchdowns. It’s come with a cost, though, as Gordon found himself limited in practice all week because of a sore shoulder. Assuming he plays, the Chargers also could use productive games from Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler. Another piece of the puzzle in the victories has been Hunter Henry, who has been targeted 15 times in the last two games. Henry is a matchup problem against any defense, and with Keenan Allen questionable (shoulder), the tight end could be an even bigger factor in the game plan. If Allen can’t play, the Chargers will look to rookie Mike Williams, who will play in his second NFL game, to make more of his opportunities. He caught the only ball thrown his way last week, and he’ll see his workload doubled against the Broncos. Denver’s got the best defense in the league, though, with a top-notch secondary and an elite pass rusher in Von Miller.