Broncos block late FG, top Chargers, 24-21

When it comes to the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers in recent years, it's hard to think of two teams in the same division with as different fortunes.

Calais Campbell made four sacks as he helped the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 29-7 success over the Houston Texas, while Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes in a 30-17 victory for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins.

However, Siemian outshined the veteran quarterback, throwing for 219-yards, three total touchdowns and an interception.

By comparison, six-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers was treading water at 61.6. Look for all those numbers to go up this year. Rookie Isaiah McKenzie jump-started the touchdown drive by returning a punt 31 yards to near midfield. Hunter Henry was nowhere to be found (literally no catches) and Keenan Allen didn't emerge until a late touchdown.


Tucker rounded off the scoring in the third quarter with another field goal as Dalton suffered a bad night with four interceptions and one fumble. On top of having to contend with the aforementioned pass rushers, Siemian will be charged with facing two of the better cornerbacks in the league in Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.

REASON TO WORRY: Depth on the defensive front might be a cause for concern.

Koo nailed the kick moments earlier, but Joseph had called a timeout to ice the kicker.

"That was big", Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.


As loaded as the Broncos were on defense, they've added solid depth at linebacker and in the defensive backfield in the draft. On the next play, Rivers connected with a streaking Travis Benjamin, who got behind safety Darian Stewart, for the touchdown with 7:00 remaining.

The issues with the Broncos are on offense and there are plenty of them. You can catch the action live on ESPN, or stream it online free with a cable subscription via WatchESPN on your pc, phone, or tablet.

The Broncos held Rivers to 115 yards passing through three quarters but let him engineer a comeback when Siemian threw an interception and Jamaal Charles fumbled on plays that were upheld despite video evidence that had the crowd of 76,324 convinced they should have been overturned. Both meetings past year were decided by eight points. Trevor Siemian won the starting job in training camp, but the confidence isn't high. Siemian's numbers weren't awful when it was all over with 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. How much of Lynn's background with running backs will rub off on Melvin Gordon?

Well, that's not the same time we've seen that happen before.


This game was reminiscent of last season's opener, when the Broncos beat Carolina as Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. For that reason alone, and the fact they're playing in Denver, I'm making my pick.


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