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The recent ineptitude of the Denver Broncos is highlighted best by what happens on the road. In Vance Joseph’s tenure Isaac Yiadom Color Rush Jersey , his team is 2-11 on the road. Chew on this: Joseph has never won a road game that wasn’t played on a Thursday. The last time the Broncos won a game that wasn’t played on a Friday Eve, Joseph wasn’t the head coach — Dec. 4, 2016, in a 21-10 game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.The same pit of misery happens in the AFC West. The last time Denver beat a divisional opponent on the road was Dec. 6, 2015, and, again, Joseph wasn’t the head coach and the team played in a different city. The Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers in San Diego 17-3. Wait, it gets even better ... or worse. Denver has lost 10-straight games in Los Angeles — to the Chargers last season, eight games to the now Oakland Raiders and one to the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. The last time the Broncos won a game in Los Angeles was 1987 against Bo Jackson and the Raiders. Hat tip to Sam Adams for that gold nugget.As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast: Bring on the Chargers ... we guess?! Denver (3-6) comes off its bye having lost six of its last seven games and playing a team in Los Angeles (7-2) that is on a six-game winning streak. Not to mention all of the trends mentioned above.Offensive RankingsDenver: Eleventh in overall offense (377.1 yards), ninth in rushing (126.7), 17th in passing (250.4) and 19th in points (22.8).LA Chargers: Eighth in overall offense (392.1 yards), seventh in rushing (127.1), 13th in passing (265.0) and tied for 10th in points (26.7).Defense RankingsDenver: Twenty-first in overall defense (364.0 yards), 26th in rushing (131.6), 10th in passing (232.4) and 15th in points (23.7).LA Chargers: Fourteenth in overall defense (356.6 yards), 17th in rushing (112.6), 17th in passing (244.0) and eighth in points (20.7).Here are our keys to the game.Limit the damage from coaches The last time we saw the Broncos in action, the result was all due to Joseph’s incompetence. It’s not possible for Denver to correct the issues in two weeks, so limit the damage. The best way for that to happen: If Joseph and his coaching staff get the urge to do something, do the opposite. — Ian St. Clair Play to players’ strengths In the Broncos last game against the Houston Texans Josey Jewell Jersey , Case Keenum had his best game of the season and I think a big part of that was due to Bill Musgrave calling a heck of a lot more play-action, while sticking to the ground game more. Unfortunately, Denver still isn’t finding the end zone enough and that is the key to winning games down the stretch. Keep up the momentum with Keenum by doing the things that make him successful with play calling and working on figuring out some good plays to use down in the red zone to get more touchdowns in games. While my expectations are low for this team now, it would be nice to see them continue battling and getting some wins down the stretch to give the team some confidence heading into next season. — Tim Lynch Let the Orange Rush looseThe Chargers are quietly having themselves a very good season, and a big part of that is Philip Rivers having what looks to be a career season. He’s on pace for a career high in touchdowns and a full-season career low in interceptions. He’s maintaining the second-highest completion rate of his career and will very likely enjoy a sixth-consecutive 4,000-yard season. On top of that, he’s one of the least sacked quarterbacks in the NFL.All of that to say that if the Broncos want to win this game, they have to flip that script on Rivers. It’s on Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to step up and shine in this division game. They need to be getting to Rivers early and often. Get some grass stains on his jersey, keep him off balance, and force him to make risky passes under pressure. If Los Angeles gets to operate however it likes on offense, the Broncos will find that nearly impossible to overcome. But if the pass rush can force Rivers and his offense out of their comfort zone, Denver has a chance to capitalize on it and steal a win. — Taylor Kothe Ninth home game Broncos Country has to travel like they always use to when the Chargers were in San Diego. They need to turn Carson, California into Denver West (not the mall) and give a true home field advantage to the Broncos. While I’m unsure whether this will actually help Denver win, especially seeing that Rivers loves to piss off the opposition’s fans, it’s the only realistic shot the Broncos have at hanging with the Chargers in California. We’ve seen Denver play better teams close at home (the Kansas City Chiefs and Rams), so my key to the game is for Broncos Country to represent! Let me check on flights to ... dammit, it isn’t San Diego anymore. Screw it, who’s going to the game with me? Muscle Beach is in Santa Monica! Let’s do it! — Pete Baron Stop Melvin Gordon If the Broncos want to win, they have to figure out a way to prevent Gordon from taking over. He is a top three running back in the NFL. The only way to slow the Chargers offense down is to eliminate Gordon from the game plan. Not an easy task. The secondary will need to lock up the receivers, so that the linebackers can get in the box. If they can accomplish that, Denver has a shot at a win. — Adam Malnati The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes https://www.broncosfanstore.com/Daesean-Hamilton-Jersey , Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, TuneIn and a few other podcast hosts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.What are your keys to victory for the Broncos? Good morning, Broncos Country!Domata Peko will feel right at home Sunday when the Broncos descend upon Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Bengals and hopefully improve their winning streak to three.But it will be a little bittersweet.Peko, who was drafted in 2006 by the Bengals in the fourth round, played with Cincy for 11 seasons before signing with the Broncos in 2017. In his time with the Bengals, Peko was one of the leaders for a defense full of veterans, and after the 2016 season, the team opted to lettheir big man in the middle test free agency.“I thought I’d retire there,” Peko told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com earlier this week. “That’s what I was thinking. In a perfect world that would have happened. But even Peyton Manning had to leave Indy. No disrespect to the Brown family or anyone in Cincinnati. They treated me great. That’s why I’m excited to get back to The Jungle.”But the big man became a leader in Denver immediately and was embraced by the organization, his teammates and the fans - things he’s grateful for.“Now I’m here, I thank God that I’m here and my teammates embrace me. They welcomed me with open arms here, and the organization has loved me, especially Broncos country, they’ve really got my back,” Peko said Friday. “I can’t wait to go to Cincinnati with my team, go up there and keep this rolling. We’re where we want to be and everything’s right in front of us. We’ve just got to keep winning.”While both teams stand at 5-6, the Broncos are coming off a two-game win streak against top opponents Case Keenum Color Rush Jersey , while the Bengals are coming off three losses in a row plus some tough injury news as their starting quarterback Andy Dalton was placed on IR with a thumb injury.But the game is in Cincy, and the Bengals are also fighting for an outside playoff chance, so the game is not to be taken lightly (as the 2015 Broncos squad will tell you when it also faced a Cincy team with a backup QB).But Peko doesn’t believe his Broncos squad will fall for a “trap game” this weekend.“Because we have a lot of confidence right now. [Vance Joseph] said it best, ‘Everything’s in our hands. We’ve just got to go out there and get it done.’ We’re right in the hunt right now, playoffs are right there for us and we’ve just got to go out there and get this ‘W’,” Peko said. “It’d be a big win for us, and then next week as well. It’s all one game at a time, that’s what Coach is preaching to us—be 1-0 this week. Let’s be 1-0.”Horse Tracks - docllv’s pick of the dayOne wicked plane ride, 10 Super Bowl rings and another title game: Colorado’s football core collides at Mile High – The AthleticThere will be at least 10 Super Bowl rings on the sidelines Saturday between Dave Logan and Ed McCaffrey and their assistants when Cherry Creek plays Valor Christian in the high school title game.Horse TracksFive Key Matchups: Broncos at BengalsVon Miller trying to tack down Cincinnati starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is just one of several good matchups to watch on Sunday.Bengals vs. Broncos: Analysis, odds, expert picks and predictions for NFL Week 13 - Cincy JungleThe Bengals have fallen to the basement of the NFL according to how the oddsmakers and experts view this game.Bengals' A.J. Green (toe) not listed on injury report - NFL.comCincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who has missed the last three games with a toe injury, was not listed on Friday's final injury report, signaling he should play Sunday against the Broncos.Bengals' Joe Mixon: 'Give it 100 percent or stay home' - NFL.comNearing the end of an injury riddled season in Cincinnati, second-year running back Joe Mixon isn't ready to give up the hunger to compete no matter how bleak things look for the Bengals in 2018.Will Parks Shares His Team Mentality 芦 CBS DenverBroncos promote OLB Jeff Holland, waive ILB Alexander JohnsonThe Broncos made the move Friday to bolster their pass rush.What do the 2018 stats tell us about the future of this year’s rookie QB starters picked in the top 10? – The AthleticWhat the early data can tell us about the NFL future of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen.NFL News: Free agent OT Andre Smith is back with the Bengals - Cincy JungleThe Bengals badly need offensive tackle helps, so Andre Smith makes sense on such short notice.Chiefs’ release of Kareem Hunt to test league’s other 31 teams - NFL.comThe Chiefs moved quickly to release Kareem Hunt on Friday after a video surfaced of an incident involving him shoving and kicking a woman in February. Now comes a moral quandary for the league’s other 31 teams, Judy Battista writes.