Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

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Denver Broncos (5-0) at San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Monday October 19th, 8:30PM Eastern betting line – San Diego -3.5, 44 O/U

Can the Denver Broncos Cinderella story continue? That may be the question everyone is asking around the NFL as the Broncos look to continue to pursuit of perfection this Monday night when they travel to take on the San Diego Chargers. Denver shocked everyone last weekend taking down the Patriots in overtime 20-17 to extend their unbeaten start to 5-0. The Broncos are now one of only two teams left in the AFC without a loss and they look to continue the impressive streak against the Chargers in a big Monday night battle.

San Diego has not been very impressive this season at 2-2 on the season. The Chargers who were overwhelming favorites to win the AFC West now trail Denver by 2.5 games and this game is a must win if they want to have any hopes of winning the division. San Diego has gotten the best of Denver over the last few season winning 5 of the last 6 meetings and they will be slight favorites to get the job done again this Monday.

Despite the Chargers recent success, this divisional rivalry has been split right down the middle at 7-7 in the last 14 meetings. Denver has not experienced the reduction in offense that most expected after losing Cutler through the trade with QB Kyle Orton. In fact, Orton has silenced critics by playing exceptionally well. Orton is completing 63% passing up from the 58.5% completion percentage a year ago for the Bears. Also after throwing 12 picks last year, Orton has thrown just one interception all year and has produced 7 passing touchdowns. There is little doubt that the Broncos quarterback has not disappointed and he will get his chance to shine on the big stage this Monday night.

WR Brandon Marshall has overcome a slow start and is starting to make more plays on the outside. Marshall has scored 4 touchdowns and caught 16 passes in the last 3 games after being held to only 7 catches and 0 scores during the first two games. Denver has not scored a lot of points this season, but they still need Marshall to present the big threat at the wide out position to keep defenses from loading the box. Rookie tailback Knowshon Moreno has taking over the role as the primary back and is developing into a solid runner. The Chargers have been flat horrible against the run allowing 151 yards per game, and if they let Moreno break through some holes in the defense he has the speed to turn into something big.

QB Phillip Rivers has played extremely well as expected for the Chargers this season, but the running game has disappointed in every way possible. The Chargers do not have a single player over 100 yards rushing this season and that is rather very shocking considering the names they have in the backfield. LaDainian Tomlinson has missed two games already as he remains injury prone and has been unsuccessful when he has been on the field. Tailback Darren Sproles became a household name in the playoffs last year when he set a team record against the Colts racking up 328 all-purpose yards in their opening round playoff win. Even with Tomlinson out, there was little fear at first with Sproles backing him up. However, Sproles has just 90 yards this season and has anything but electric as he was in last year’s playoff game.

The Chargers offense will rely heavily as they have all year on QB Phillip Rivers. Rivers ranks 2nd in the NFL with 311 passing yards per game and has also posted 1,245 yards through 4 games. However with the passing game moving the ball, Rivers has just 6 passing touchdowns on the season. The Chargers are averaging a respectable 25.6 points per game, but that is not going to get the job done if the defense does not play better. The Chargers defense has been anything but stellar this season allowing 25.5 points per game and over 365 yards each outing as well. The defense has not been able to get to the quarterback this year either, but the secondary does have 4 interceptions. The Chargers run defense will have to play better and if the secondary can force a turnover or two perhaps it can keep Denver from posting any big numbers on the scoreboard.

Pick – Denver +3.5

The business of giving: Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes believes ‘philanthropic capitalism’ may be the best business model of all.

Success November 1, 2009 | Zimmerman, Mike THE IDEA WAS GENIUS, really. Blake Mycoskie, at the time best known for a 2002 stint on the reality show The Amazing Race, was looking to start something. He’d already started half a dozen businesses, from laundry to billboards, but nothing had inspired him. Mycoskie wanted to inspire. Add to the world, not take from it. He was young, motivated, overflowing with entrepreneurial spirit … and without an idea. He had some cash, but where to put it? His muse finally arrived in Argentina, of all places.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He’d gone there in January 2006 to learn how to play polo–Argentina has some of the best polo farms in the world. But in the backcountry, he saw other things: many poor children, shoeless, and some of the locals wearing simple yet incredibly comfortable farming shoes. So he was sitting on that Argentinean polo farm one day “and that’s where the epiphany happened,” he says. Cool shoes … a style not seen in the States … redesign them, bring them north, and for every pair you sell, give a pair away to one of those shoeless children.

TOMS Shoes–and high-profile “philanthropic capitalism”–was born. He has created an entire business model that inspires. “Ultimately, I’m trying to create something that’s going to be here long after I’m gone,” he says.

Business has thrived. As the fashion industry and consumers have embraced the many styles of TOMS Shoes, “shoe drops” organized by the company in Argentina, Ethiopia and South Africa have distributed 140,000 pairs of shoes to needy kids. The shoes, priced from $44 to $70 (and $98 for a women’s boot), are the ultimate feel-good purchase. The charitable business model has attracted famous business partners as well (there are now limited-edition Dave Matthews Band shoes, for example). toms shoes coupon code

Through all this, Mycoskie maintains a weird double-life. Half his time is spent on the business, meeting with style mavens and fashionistas, working on fresh designs, and getting the word on the street through personal appearances and projects like his ubiquitous AT&T commercial. The other half is spent in desolate countries handing out shoes to smiling kids–the aforementioned “shoe-drops.” The company plans to give away 300,000 shoes in 2009.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Ethiopian drops are of particular interest to Mycoskie. “There are hundreds of thousands of people subject to a significant foot disease called podoconiosis, or ‘podo,'” he explains. “A long time ago, Ethiopia had volcanic activity, which left a silicone in the soil that actually goes into your foot skin and causes the lymphatic system to break down. The feet swell badly, almost like an elephantiasis of the feet, and it cripples people–not just physically, but mentally, because they’re seen as lepers and ostracized.” TOMS Shoes helps keep those children’s feet healthy, and healthy kids can attend school. And once they’re in school, a real future takes root–all because of a simple pair of shoes. Another benefit: Mycoskie has played many games of soccer with kids on several continents–sometimes with a bunch of rolled-up plastic bags for a ball. “I’ll motion that 1 want to play, and next thing I know, I’m either shirts or skins and playing soccer with some of the most passionate players in the world. Soccer is our universal language with the kids.” TOMS’ charitable business model has also proven so far to be recession-proof: While most businesses have hacked people and expenses, TOMS is hiring. Mycoskie cites two big reasons for this: “First, consumers are now conscious about where they put their dollars. A product like TOMS that gives to others is appealing to people more than ever. Also, the bigger a company gets, whether it’s a shoe company or any other corporation, your margins get very small because you have the gigantic overhead. You manage the business by pennies. But we know every day that we’re going to give away one pair of shoes for every one we sell, and that’s that. If we can’t make the business work that way, then the business just doesn’t work. So there’s never a temptation to cut things.” And therein lies the deep chasm that keeps many companies from doing more to give back, especially when times are as brutal as they’ve been for all businesses: The giving isn’t priced in. “Giving has been incorporated into our business model from the start, so the cost per shoe is fixed,” he says. “If a company says, ‘Now we’re going to give away 50 percent of what we bring in!’ they’re built in a way that they wouldn’t handle it.” Then Mycoskie smiles. “Their shareholders sure wouldn’t handle it.” That doesn’t give companies a free pass when it comes to being more charitable and friendlier to their communities, however. It just means businesses need to become more creative, Mycoskie says. “The best place for a business to start is by asking simple questions: What are our strengths? How can these strengths help people who need it? For example, an accounting firm can help a nonprofit establish their own accounting system. It’s all about identifying a need and doing whatever you can to fulfill that need, whether your resources are big or small.” The one-for-one business model is remarkable in that, unlike a straight charity it’s sustainable. That was Mycoskie’s plan from the beginning. “I started TOMS with about a half a million dollars of my own capital,” he says. “If I would’ve taken half a million dollars and just bought shoes to give to the kids, I would’ve been able to give the shoes once. It never would’ve been as far-reaching and sustainable as TOMS Shoes is now. If you take the option of starting a for-profit business that gives back a large part of what it brings in versus a straight charity, you’re going to help a lot more people with the for-profit business.” TOMS also capitalizes on intangible benefits from its business model. Employee morale is never a problem–how could you be down when you know everything you do makes children happy? TOMS also attracts better-caliber talent than your typical shoe company. “The company culture is unique,” Mycoskie says. “I’ve been lucky enough to attract passionate, dedicated people who will do anything to make an impact on the world. They are all seeking something more than a 9-to-5 job.” Another TOMS business strategy (that has become an outright advantage): Let your product give consumers a story to tell. Hey, cool shoes. Thanks. They’re TOMS Shoes. They give away a pair to kids for every one they sell … Buyers feel so good about their purchase they want to tell others about it. Very few businesses inspire that kind of word-of-mouth, how-cool-is-this buzz. go to site toms shoes coupon code

The challenge for Mycoskie now is keeping pace. Shoe companies constantly require new products and designs. Mycoskie is young (still just 33), media-savvy and ambitious, but his double-life–much of it spent on airplanes–is exhausting. Still, he’s finally found his inspiration: an iconic product and a business that provides sustainable giving to those who need it most. “My hope is to inspire other companies to either incorporate the one-for-one model, or straight-on giving, in everything they do.” Zimmerman, Mike

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