Bron­cos head to San Diego with­out coach Gary Ku­biak

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Go­ing on the road on a short week against a divi­sion ri­val is usu­ally a chal­lenge for most teams. For the de­fend­ing cham­pion Den­ver Bron­cos, it is ex­tra dif­fi­cult this week.Com­ing off their first loss of the sea­son, the Bron­cos will be with­out coach Gary Ku­biak when they visit the reel­ing San Diego Charg­ers to night.

Ku­biak is tak­ing a week off af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a “com­plex mi­graine con­di­tion” Sun­day night shortly af­ter Den­ver’s 23-16 loss to the At­lanta Fal­cons.

Ku­biak was sent home from the hospi­tal Mon­day and is­sued a state­ment say­ing he was feel­ing much bet­ter, thank­ing his team’s med­i­cal staff and ex­press­ing his con­fi­dence in Joe DeCamil­lis. DeCamil­lis, the special teams co­or­di­na­tor, is serv­ing as in­terim head coach.

Trevor Siemian is ex­pected to re­turn as quar­ter­back for Den­ver af­ter rookie Pax­ton Lynch strug­gled against the Fal­cons. The Bron­cos (4-1) have won 15 con­sec­u­tive divi­sion road games, the long­est such streak in NFL his­tory.

The Charg­ers (1-4) are com­ing off a 34-31 loss at Oak­land, where rookie Drew Kaser

botched the hold for a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing field goal late in the game. It was the 10th straight AFC West loss for San Diego go­ing back to 2014.

The Bron­cos (No. 5 AP Pro32) are 31/2-point fa­vorites over the host Charg­ers (No. 27, AP Pro32).

KNOCK­OUT LEAGUE TIP

Tom Brady and the Pa­tri­ots had no trou­ble with the in­jury-rid­dled Browns last week, so we’ll take another first-place AFC team this week. Big Ben and the STEEL­ERS are the choice here.

No. 3 Steel­ers (mi­nus 8) at No. 29 Miami. The Steel­ers have been one of the AFC’s top teams. The Dol­phins, who had as­pi­ra­tions of mak­ing the play­offs en­ter­ing the sea­son, are one of the AFC’s big­gest dis­ap­point­ments so far.

STEEL­ERS, 31-10

No. 13 Bal­ti­more (plus 3) at No. 19 New York Gi­ants. Both teams are reel­ing, with Gi­ants los­ing 3 in a row and the Ravens’ skid at two. Ravens’ of­fense gets go­ing with new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marty Morn­hin­weg.

No. 16 Ben­gals (plus 9) at No. 2 New Eng­land. Ben­gals had a no-show in Big D. Go­ing into New Eng­land for Brady’s home opener? That’s a Big L.

BEST BET: PA­TRI­OTS, 48-10

No. 31 San Fran­cisco (plus 8) at No. 11 Buf­falo. 49ers get a lift from Colin Kaeper­nick’s first start of the sea­son.

No. 8 Philadel­phia (mi­nus 3) at No. 14 Wash­ing­ton. Red­skins have won three in a row, but Car­son Wentz cools them off.

No. 32 Cleve­land (plus 71/2) at No. 23 Ten­nessee. Josh McCown could re­turn for Cleve­land. Browns are bound to win at some point.

No. 21 Carolina (mi­nus 3) at No. 25 New Or­leans, With Cam New­ton’s sta­tus un­cer­tain, Saints find a way in a matchup of one-win divi­sion ri­vals.

No. 28 Jack­sonville (plus 3) at No. 30 Chicago. Another meet­ing of one-win teams. Brian Hoyer wins it for Bears. — AP

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