Denver Broncos fend off a late game surge from the Los Angeles Chargers to earn a 24-21 victory:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Denver Broncos got out to a 24-7 lead by the 3rd quarter of last night’s Monday Night Football game but that’s when the Chargers came surging back. Los Angeles put together 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to cut into the Broncos lead 24-21. In fact the Chargers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds of the contest. That’s when Broncos defender Shelby Harris blocked a Los Angeles field goal attempt which helped first year coach Vance Joseph get his first career coaching win. Trevor Siemian was pretty good in the Broncos first game of the season, the 2nd year starter finished the night with 219 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Siemian was surprisingly efficient tossing the football and his growth will be a big factor in Denver’s playoff hopes. Wide Receiver Bennie Fowler also played excellent for the Broncos the 3rd year receiver caught both of Siemian’s touchdown passes and provided a spark for Denver’s passing game. The Chargers of course were led by standout Quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers played at a high level like he always does throwing for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. However the Chargers are the same pass heavy offense as they’ve always been and that makes them predictable. LA has to learn how to trust their running game and clearly that wasn’t the case last night because the Chargers handed the ball off 22 times total. When you compare that to Denver’s 36 total handoffs it becomes obvious the Broncos were much more balanced which is the formula for success in football. Travis Benjamin, Keenan Allen, and Melvin Gordon all caught a touchdown pass from Rivers. So it’s safe to say the Chargers are going to get it done through the air, now it’s about finding another running back besides Gordon and getting a couple lineman who can block upfront. Defensively the two stars for the Broncos were Brandon Marshall who recorded 8 tackles and Bradley Roby who had 5 tackles plus an interception. The Chargers on the other hand were led Jatavis Brown who had 14 tackles in the game. Meanwhile Joey Bosa put up 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Melvin Ingram did work as well he ended up with 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Give credit to the Broncos they held off a Chargers team who refused to roll over and die. Both teams put on a show for the crowd and that’s all you can really ask for if you’re a football fan.

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