SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Corey Lynch #41 and Antoine Cason #20 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Chargers defense has taken a lot of heat for the last half they played against the Broncos.
During the last 30 minutes of the Monday night game against Denver, the defense allowed 35 points in the second half, and the offense scored zero.
A lot of people called the second half just "Peyton being Peyton."
Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning is arguably one of the most talented veteran quarterbacks in the league.
One of the weapons he’s perfected for his arsenal over the years is his ability to run a flawless hurry-up offense.
If the Chargers want to beat the Broncos on Sunday they will have to be able to stop that offense.
Defensive back Corey Lynch recognizes this need.
“Peyton Manning his whole career has kind of been a hurry-up offense guy,” Lynch said. “We feel like that’s one of his threats is that as soon as he completes a ball his whole career he’s been able to get to the line, call another play and snap it before the defense is ready. This week’s been a point of emphasis to get prepared for it. You see it on tape every week, every week someone has to be prepared for it.”
A hurry-up offense changes the defensive strategy. Instead of being able to run their defense, they have to react to the offense.
“That’s the strength of a hurry-up offense,” Lynch said. “And that’s the strength of Peyton Manning who runs a great hurry-up offense is that you catch the defense on their heels so the faster we can locate their personnel, who’s in the game, how many tight ends the faster we can call a play and then the faster we get lined up the faster we play.”
The Chargers obviously knew this going into the last game, but get the opportunity to try another strategy to combat it.
Cornerback Antoine Cason says the Bolts defense is using their past knowledge as a weapon of their own.
“You know the things that they’ve done,” Cason said. “You’ve played against them one time. You know you have an idea how things went, experienced it, so you know how to prepare for the next time.”
And they know that experience was not favorable for the Chargers. But they’re using that as fuel.
“Everyone knows how it went,” Cason said. “So everyone is gearing up for the same result in a difference way. So it’s kind of good for us.”