Chargers open 2017 NFL season against Broncos -- but do San Diegans care?


Chargers open 2017 NFL season against Broncos -- but do San Diegans care?

After a stiff offseason starting quarterback competition, Trevor Siemian took the field and led the Broncos to a 24-21 victory over Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.

Harris got another crack at blocking Koo's field goal when his first try from 44 yards that sailed through the uprights was waved off after officials said Joseph signaled for a timeout moments before the kick.

Addressing Rivers' contract proactively helps Los Angeles be in a better position should they decided that they need to dip their toes into the free agent market at some point. His second stint as Denver's offensive coordinator begins Monday night against the Chargers, the team that fired him as their head coach nine months ago. Siemian tossed an interception and former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball away. This game should end with a Rivers interception and a Broncos win. Denver also had flaunted a power run game, and its defense was dominant, holding the Chargers to 115 yards.

With praise surrounding him from his head coach, teammates, and the country, Siemian was quick to brush all of it off, in fact dishing credit to the crowd that he is still trying to win over in Denver. He had a fantastic pre-season and looked impressive, and no doubt he will want to continue that form in this nationally televised Monday Night game.

Not only did Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon score the first touchdown of his team's season, but he did so in style. Before a raucous home crowd of 74,892, they won 24-21 - downing a talented but inconsistent visiting team that could never quite close the gap.

FAST FACTS: Chargers TE Antonio Gates, who is tied with Tony Gonzalez with 111 touchdown receptions, needs one more catch in the end zone to break the all-time record for most touchdowns by a tight end.

A pass interference penalty on cornerback Bradley Roby - his second of the game - moved the Chargers to Denver's 34-yard line.

"Hats of to Shelby, he's done a great job since the very first day he stepped in (the facility)", linebacker Von Miller said. He found the speedy Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard score to cut the lead to three points. It was like the Chargers wanted to play it close to the vest against a unsafe defense. Emmanuel Sanders got only 6 targets on Monday, so Thomas still looks to be the lead receiver in this offense right now.

The Broncos offense did what was expected in a situation where nails were suddenly being gnawed off. That makes this matchup intriguing and a bit of a mystery as well.

The Broncos game concluded the first week of the National Football League season and week two will kick off in Cincinnati when the Bengals take on the Houston Texans at 6 p.m. Thursday.

- Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network.



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