Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers: NFL live scores, blog

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    The Denver Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers in a classic AFC West showdown from Mile High Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from Tuesday 12:20pm AEST.

    After missing out on the playoffs last year, the Chargers and the Broncos will be eager to start the season off right. In what should be a competitive AFC West neither team can afford to drop a game to a division opponent so early.

    With Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon back to health and with Philip Rivers desperate to finally reach that elusive Super Bowl, the Chargers offense boasts enough firepower to worry even the vaunted Broncos defense.

    The question for Los Angeles will be whether or not their offensive line can withstand the onslaught that is Von Miller. Ranked 21st in the league by PFF, the line is the only blemish on an otherwise talented offense.

    Denver’s offense seems toothless by comparison. Quarterback Trevor Siemian managed to keep his starting job this offseason but he’s far from a top end talent.

    He’s also playing behind an offensive line that is a patchwork of new faces, with potentially four new starters. The Broncos need rookie tackle Garett Bolles to find his feet early or this unit could be in trouble.

    That will be music to the ears of the Los Angeles defense. The pass rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are a nightmare for even the best lineman and should cause disruption all night in Denver.

    Two seasons ago the Broncos defense would have been too strong for the Chargers but – with notable exceptions – they’re not quite the unit they were when they made that Super Bowl run.

    Los Angeles on the other hand have improved, and if they stay healthy they could turn a lot of heads in the AFC.

    Prediction: Chargers 30 Broncos 20.

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    • Roar Pro

      3:40pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:40pm | ! Report

      RECAP:

      The Denver Broncos defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in a nail biter, 24-21.

      The game looked like it was over entering the fourth quarter but the Chargers defence had other ideas. They forced an interception and a fumble that allowed their offence to capitalise and bring the game back from 24-7 to 24-21.

      That set up a dramatic end that saw rookie Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo’s field goal blocked in the dying seconds of the game. The miss came just seconds after a successful attempt was waived off due to a Bronco time out.

      Denver will be happy with how their defence performed for three quarters, but disappointed that costly penalties allowed Los Angeles back into the game.

      Los Angeles on the other hand will know they have a lot to clean up on offense. The late game heroics shouldn’t paper over the fact they were pretty ineffectual for most of the game.

      Denver’s defence had a lot to do with that. They stifled Rivers’ passing attacked and constantly caused disruption in the backfield. They might have lost T.J Ward and coordinator Wade Phillips but they’re still an impressive unit.

      Despite the two turnovers the Broncos offense did enough to win the game. For three quarters Trevor Siemian showed why he was the number one quarterback in Denver. His numbers didn’t pop but he came up with plays when he needed to and wasn’t at fault for either turnover.

      Denver follows up this game with a home game against the Cowboys in what should be another difficult test. Whereas the Chargers play their first game in Los Angeles since 1960 as they host the Dolphins.

    • Roar Guru

      3:18pm
      Christopher Spinks said | 3:18pm | ! Report

      WOW, what a finish.

      • Roar Pro

        3:43pm
        Conan McGlone said | 3:43pm | ! Report

        Yeah it was a wild one. Was very slow paced early before a frantic finish. More late game dramatic losses for the Chargers it seems.

    • 3:17pm
      Nate said | 3:17pm | ! Report

      That game turned on a bad non call on the pick, and then again on a soft DPI call against the Broncos to give the Chargers the last second shot. Glad the Broncos managed to come out on top with the HUGE play from Harris.

    • 3:16pm
      Nate said | 3:16pm | ! Report

      HELL YEAH!!!!!

    • Roar Pro

      3:16pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:16pm | ! Report

      BLOCKED

      Shelby Harris blocks the kick and this one is over. Denver wins a dramatic game. It’s over.

      Broncos 24 – Chargers 21

    • Roar Pro

      3:14pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:14pm | ! Report

      Chargers bring out the kicking team. The rookie kicker from South Korea has all the pressure in the world on him for a 44 yard kick – he makes it but not before Denver calls a time out. He’s going to have to retake.

      Broncos 24 – Chargers 21

      • 3:18pm
        Marshall said | 3:18pm | ! Report

        I hate that, the ‘icing’ of the kicker.

        They need to get rid of it it’s a farce and anti-climatic

    • Roar Pro

      3:12pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:12pm | ! Report

      Gordon get’s the 1st down but there’s no time left. Rivers fires a shot down the field towards Williams and Roby is flagged for pass interference. He’s gone from villain to hero to villan again.

      Next pass is incomplete. They’re at the Denver 36 with 17 seconds left.

    • Roar Pro

      3:11pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:11pm | ! Report

      Confusion by Rivers and head coach Lynn forces Rivers to take a time out. It’s 4th and 1 with 44 seconds remaining. They need to get this and then get to the line and get a spike or it’s over.

    • Roar Pro

      3:07pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:07pm | ! Report

      2.58 left to play.

      The Chargers stop the Broncos and force the punt which is caught by Benjamin at the Chargers 38 yard line. Chargers have the ball with 2:00 minutes left to play and one time out. This is the sort of game gunslingers like Rivers were made for, but the Broncos have been a wrecking crew on defence for most the night.

      Fun stuff.

      Broncos 24 – Chargers 21

    • Roar Pro

      3:03pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:03pm | ! Report

      Chargers down the punt at the 15 yard line. Siemian is coming out with the ball, but after the way this Chargers D is playing that might not be a good thing for the Broncos.

    • Roar Pro

      3:02pm
      Conan McGlone said | 3:02pm | ! Report

      This is one of the great finishes to a game you’re likely to see. No matter who wins it.

      The Broncos D steps up when needed and forces two incomplete passes to make it 3rd and 10. The Chargers then go underneath but the Broncos aren’t fooled, they get the stop and force the punt.

      • 3:05pm
        Nate said | 3:05pm | ! Report

        Got to love division games.

    • Roar Pro

      2:59pm
      Conan McGlone said | 2:59pm | ! Report

      FIELD GOAL MISSED

      Score Broncos 24 – Chargers 21. 4:07 on the clock. Chargers ball. Wow.

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