Morning Links: Broncos mentally strong?

January, 10, 2014
Jan 10
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SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. ESPN.com’s Ashley Fox writes that the San Diego Chargers are in the Denver Broncos’ heads after defeating them in Denver during the regular season. The Broncos want to avoid being one-and-done for the second straight season after losing to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore in overtime last year.

Fox says the Broncos have to overcome the mental hurdle of not only what happened last year in the postseason, but how the Chargers dominated them on their home field just a month ago.

Fox: “The Broncos should roll over the Chargers. They should be able to do what Denver did in 1997 a year after it finished the regular season 13-3 but, coming off a bye, lost a playoff game to Jacksonville. They should be able to march to the Super Bowl and win it. They have the talent. But this game is about more than having talented players. They have to be mentally strong, too. On Sunday, we will find out how mentally tough the Broncos really are.”

ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says running back Knowshon Moreno provides an emotional spark for Denver’s offense.

Senior draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. gives the San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson at the No. 27 overall pick instead of cornerback Antoine Cason in his re-drafting of the 2008 draft.

NFL analyst Matt Williamson takes a look at the weakest link on each team still left in the postseason that an opponent will try to exploit this weekend. For San Diego, Williamson says points to cornerback Shareece Wright. Williamson: “San Diego's cornerbacks remain a huge concern, and this is one of the worst overall coverage units in the NFL. Starters Richard Marshall and Wright have been liabilities, and the depth behind them is poor, although things have improved once Marshall was inserted as the starter over Derek Cox. Safety Eric Weddle is the only member of this secondary who can be considered above average, and the Chargers will align him all over the defense.”

Matt Bowen writing for Bleacher Report breaks down how San Diego can shake loose receiver Keenan Allen against Denver’s secondary in this video link. Good stuff.

Former San Diego Chargers head coach Don Coryell was left off the list of the 15 finalists for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. San Diego native safety John Lynch made the cut, but fellow San Diegan running back Terrell Davis did not.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego wonders if an excitement of a postseason run can move the needle on getting a new stadium built for the Chargers.

The Chargers have declared today Bolo Tie Friday.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated likes the Broncos 27-23 over the Chargers.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that San Diego’s defense remains focused on limited big plays.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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