Broncos hold Chargers, Melvins at bay just enough in Week 1 win

Broncos hold Chargers, Melvins at bay just enough in Week 1 win

Broncos hold Chargers, Melvins at bay just enough in Week 1 win

Penalties and missed opportunities led to the Chargers' demise as they dropped their season opener on the road against the Denver Broncos 24-21. Charles brought the Broncos to the one yard line for first and goal.

Shelby Harris blocked a field-goal attempt with a second to play as the Broncos held on for a 24-21 victory over their longtime AFC West rival. The members of Chargers Nation were all rooting for the same team, but they are certainly not grieving in the same ways. Trevor Siemian completed 17 of 28 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns against an interception.

The Broncos were 175-0-1 when leading by 17 or more points entering the fourth quarter prior to Monday. "I think we feel really good about where we're at".

Fowler was put on notice when the Broncos drafted wide receivers Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie, but he earned the job as Denver's No. 3 pass catcher behind Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

"He said a lot", said Millsap, who signed a three-year, $90 million contract shortly after that meeting.

Joseph's decision to start Trevor Siemian over Paxton Lynch as the Broncos starting quarterback paid dividends early. He closed out the Broncos' fourth possession with a 1-yard scoring jaunt around Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa. Dez Bryan had 43 yard in two catches while Elliott added 36 yards in five catches. "It didn't matter how good or how bad there were, they were still our Chargers".

Insert your own joke here or take the next five seconds to get the salt back out of your wound. "They both may play".

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Two seasons ago the Broncos defense would have been too strong for the Chargers but - with notable exceptions - they're not quite the unit they were when they made that Super Bowl run.

During the Los Angeles Chargers' season-opening game against the Broncos on Monday, referee Terry McAulay needed less than four minutes to confuse the Chargers' new home with their former home city of 56 years.

The Los Angeles Rams routed the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 as quarterback Jared Goff passed for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in his first National Football League start, while the Carolina Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-3. It's always tough to play in Mile High, but I see the Chargers getting big performances from the defensive line and running game. Siemian had a 82.1 quarterback rating, which was substantially better than Rivers' 60.8 quarterback rating.

During his introductory news conference, even Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn slipped up, saying he was proud to be the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers instead of the newly named Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos regrouped and went on to score their first TD of the game.

Rookie kicker Younghoe Koo had a chance to tie the game on a 44-yard field goal in the game's waning moments.

Philip Rivers tossed three touchdowns to help keep Los Angeles in the game, finishing the night 22-for-33 through the air.

Next week, the Broncos meet the Dallas Cowboys in another home game in Denver.

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