Broncos hold off Chargers' comeback attempt in wild MNF finish

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With all of that in mind, here is what our writers had to say in making their first picks of the year.

Then came a nightmarish eight-minute stretch in which they had two turnovers that were converted into touchdowns, a missed field goal and a punt. The Chargers were down just three points.

While Los Angeles' defense proved effective against Denver's passing game, it could not contain the running game, giving up 140-yards on the ground. "They have Philip Rivers as their quarterback, so if you have a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, you're probably going to be pretty good on offense". It's always tough to play in Mile High, but I see the Chargers getting big performances from the defensive line and running game.

Earlier, Denver had extended its lead to 21-7 with a possession that began with an interception of Rivers by cornerback Bradley Roby, whose first-quarter pass-interference penalty figured prominently in a Los Angeles touchdown.

Mike Murray: "For me this all hinges on the play of the Chargers offensive line".

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. "But I credit the guys up front, for sure". Then the Broncos threw a insane tip off two toes (with Rex Ryan in the booth no less!) that the Chargers intercepted. The one which didn't was the Chargers. "I'm really just happy to help the team in any way I can - special teams, defense - anything I can do", he said.

With 42 seconds left, the Chargers found themselves three yards shy of midfield, fourth-and-1. "However, it won't be enough to make the loss any less embarrassing". "I felt like we had a chance to block everyone today", he said. "That would've worn down their defense, I think".

That set up a Chargers touchdown from Keenan Allen cutting the Broncos lead to 24-14. The Broncos will remain at home next week as they welcome in the Dallas Cowboys, who also won their opener.

The first Monday night game was played in Minnesota where the Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-19 behind quarterback Sam Bradford. With a decimated offensive line and a suboptimal quarterback situation, players such as Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram should be able to wreak havoc in the Denver backfield. The Chargers sealed the unlikely win when Junior Seau recovered John Elway's fumble in the closing seconds.

"He said the guard was probably going to lean on him to prevent that so I would have an opportunity to get in there", said Harris, who blocked the kick with two fingers on his right hand. The Chargers are healthy. We did some good things. While Siemian's play may have come as a surprise to Broncos Country, his teammates have been on the Trevor Train for quite some time. I need one.' But one isn't the destination for me.

The Bolts first 2017 home game as the Los Angeles Chargers is Sunday at the StubHub Center against the Miami Dolphins. New head coach Vance Joseph hopes to correct this issue by adopting a more power-oriented "between the tackles" attack. That much we know is true.

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