Broncos extremely fortunate to miss Andrew Luck and his blazing Colts

Published: January 6, 2014, 9:28 am, by David Ramsey

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Denver faces a complicated challenge Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Phil (The Loudmouth) Rivers is a gifted passer, and the Chargers defense delivered a superlative, wise effort in a win over the Broncos at Mile High. The Chargers will arrive in Colorado unburdened. Virtually no one expected them to travel this far.

But the Broncos are extremely fortunate to be facing the Chargers instead of Andrew Luck and the Indy Colts. Luck was mind-bogglingly impressive in Saturday’s comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Colts pass rush, led by Reggie Mathis, is terrifying. Luck – and this is not some wild announcement – is on his way to one of the great careers in NFL history. He’s big enough to be durable and lead an offense for 15 seasons. He’s smart. He’s blessed with a mighty arm. He is already one of the best. He soon will be the best.

The Colts, not the New England Patriots, are the team the Broncos need to fear in the AFC. I believe the Broncos will face the Colts in the AFC Title Game.

The Chargers thrilled their fans and stunned the NFL with a tough, smart effort against a befuddled Andy Dalton and the rest of the Bengals.

The Chargers also offered a huge favor to the Broncos, who were blessed with a one-week vacation from facing Luck and his Colts.