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Broncos Hang On to Edge Chargers

Broncos Hang On to Edge Chargers

The rivalry between the two teams dates all the way back to the old AFL in 1950.

Later in the second quarter, rookie Isaiah McKenzie gave the Broncos great field position with a 31 yard punt return.

The two combined for three of the Chargers' four sacks and took turns throughout the game hurrying or hitting Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian. The Broncos won seven in a row from November, 1975 to December, 1978.

And by halftime he'd lit up social media after pulling off a series of impact plays, stopping the Chargers' run game with three tackles on nine first-half defensive run snaps. New head coach Anthony Lynn was smart enough (or maybe ownership was) to keep the offensive staff, led by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, in town. The most important one of the bunch, though, came from five yards out when Siemian found Bennie Fowler for six points.

Let's take a look at how the game may go. As he approached the goal line, the only person standing in his way was Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa.

The Georgia Southern product stepped up and drilled one through the uprights - but Vance Joseph had called a Broncos timeout.

This unit has been one of the NFL's worst the last two years, and 2017 is off to a rough start. On the next play, Rivers connected with a streaking Travis Benjamin, who got behind safety Darian Stewart, for the touchdown with 7:00 remaining.

Jesse James was the recipient for both scores to help "Big Ben" get the better of opposite number DeShone Kizer - making his National Football League debut - and record 263 passing yards. Zach Kerr, a free-agent acquisition from Indianapolis, also was inactive.

The Broncos offense did what was expected in a situation where nails were suddenly being gnawed off. "You're thinking about protecting yourself a little bit but shoot, if you're trying to get a first down, you're trying to score, that's all you're thinking about..." They have start wide receivers, but no real quarterback to consistently throw them the ball. Siemian finished the night 17-for-28 passing for 219 yards. Antonio Gates needs just one touchdown to break a tie with Tony Gonzalez for the most all time by a tight end (112). The first-round pick worked his way into the starting lineup by the end of training camp and will be a work in progress as he settles in on a revamped offensive line that will include at least three new starters. Siemian's numbers weren't frightful when it was all over with 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The Broncos have two of the best receivers in football in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. There were stretches where Melvin Gordon got some big holes to run through, but by and large the Bolts were not good moving the ball. We'll see how much Denver uses him tonight.

Denver's run game was monumental in managing the game, with C.J. Anderson carrying the ball 20 times for 81 yards and veteran Jamaal Charles spelling him to the tune of 10 carries for 40 yards.


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