March 21 2018

Broncos Block LA Chargers Path To Victory

March 21 2018, 12:35 | Sammy Rose

Broncos Block LA Chargers Path To Victory

Broncos Block LA Chargers Path To Victory

Harris, a third-year pro who battled to make the roster after two seasons in Oakland, said his game-sealing block wasn't the first time he felt close to swatting a kick Thursday night. Jamaal Charles made his debut in game, rushing 10 times for 40-yards, but had a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Chargers touchdown. "Him calling that timeout was huge".

Rookie kicker Younghoe Koo buried his first attempt, but Vance Joseph managed to ice him. "I felt it. I just couldn't tell you where I felt it". Obviously, the red zone we want to clean up and finishing the game, I think we can do a better job there. 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.

"I feel like, earlier, we ran the ball, and at some point we got away from it a little bit", Lynn said. "We've been on both sides of those kind of games where teams start roaring back like that. We were going pretty good and just came up short".

Matt Pagels: "I'm going to make this quick".

It wasn't a game with the ridiculous stats that Alex Smith or Sam Bradford put up, but Siemian was efficient, threw two touchdown passes, ran one in, and his only interception of the day was a goofy tip drill that bounced off two shoes.

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

Los Angeles was trailing 14-7 heading into the second half. Even with wide receivers Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin back in the lineup, the passing attack will have a tough row to hoe against the NFL's best pass defense led by elite cornerbacks Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby. Safeties Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons wreaked havoc when they approached the line of scrimmage. Joseph decided during the preseason to stick with Trevor Siemian at quarterback for a second year.

Denver had a first-and-goal at the Chargers 1-yard line but settled for a 20-yard field goal by Brandon McManus on the final play of the third quarter after Los Angeles' defense stuffed two runs and forced a third-down incompletion.

In spite of Los Angeles/San Diego's early success, the Broncos hold a 64-50-1 edge in the all-time match up and have won six out of the teams' last seven contests. The Broncos feature four new starters on the offensive line, including rookie left tackle Garrett Bolles and right tackle Menelik Watson, and the unit could have its hands full against Chargers dynamic pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

The hero for the Broncos on Monday night wasn't Von Miller. After an Anderson touchdown was called back, Siemian connected with Fowler again for the touchdown. But Gordon is still a running back, which meant any deep home run threat was being extinguished easily by the Broncos defense.

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