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Week 15 Thursday Night Football game thread: Chargers vs. Broncos

We take a look at Week 15 Thursday Night Football and it's playoff implications. We also open a thread for discussion.

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Tonight marks the start of Week 15, and also the last Thursday Night Football game of the season. I'm not sure why there isn't one next week, but it means no more questionable early football.

Tonight's game could actually be a good one as the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers. I think the Broncos can roll this one, but with Philip Rivers' recent resurgence, it could turn into a shootout. Peyton Manning should be able to get his numbers, but the real question is if the Broncos defense can hold up to the Chargers attack.

The Broncos can clinch the AFC West with a win and a Chiefs loss. They can clinch a first round bye with a win, and losses by the Chiefs and Bengals. The Chargers are currently a game back in the wildcard race, but have little chance of catching up in the conference record tiebreaker. They'll like need to clear Baltimore and Miami by a game in order to get into the playoffs. A loss tonight pushes them a big step closer to elimination from the playoff race.