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Siemian, Broncos survive late scare, defeat Chargers, 24-21

12 September 2017, 09:52 | Randolph Howard


Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon right is stopped by Denver Broncos defensive end Jared Crick during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville Fla. Crick is the latest victim of the Bro

The Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos debuted head coach with the aim of having a winning season. "The defense is a whole lot better and the offense is a whole lot better". Only one of those could be a factor Monday, with the National Football League still refusing to reward more points for gymnastics. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 22 of 33 for 192 yards but with three touchdown throws and an interception.

Denver fans continue to prove that this is Broncos Country. The Chargers' coverage teams, despite some issues late in camp, look improved as the team hopes to rebound after another rough year on special teams. It should be an intriguing match up with both new coaches desperate to get their seasons off to the right start.

The Broncos nearly gave this one away. Something the Chargers have not been able to do since 2013.

A game that had been in Denver's control for most of the contest suddenly needed the heroics of Harris to enable the Broncos to survive a trip to overtime. Despite a respectable 9-7 record, the defending Super Bowl champions failed to even make the playoffs.

That Lynn's first test comes in Denver is only fitting.

Neither team wants to lose this game and be the only team in the AFC West at 0-1 after Week 1 so expect a competitive, spirited effort from both sides for a full 60 minutes.

A halftime dedication to a local high school coach.

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Yeah, there will definitely be nerves and being anxious. "And once you get out there and start going, those things calm down". Having played for the 2007 Patriots, Russ Hochstein knows first-hand the challenges inherent in completing a ideal season.

One reason for the Broncos' decline in 2016 was a lackluster rushing attack.

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

The defensive line held its own against the Chargers, and it had help.

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.

Los Angeles might not know how to win games, or just might not be lucky, but this is a team with the talent to be great. Zach Kerr, a free-agent acquisition from Indianapolis, also was inactive. How much of Lynn's background with running backs will rub off on Melvin Gordon?

Denver will have four new starters in their offense, with rookie left tackle Garrett Bolles and right tackle Menelik Watson entering the fray. Bosa is coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which he tallied 10.5 sacks in just 12 games.

Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy has gone out of his way to downplay the significance of facing his former team in the Broncos' regular-season opener.

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