Broncos' DST plays valiantly in loss to Chargers

On a night Philip Rivers surpassed a Hall of Famer as the most prolific passer in San Diego Chargers history, the veteran quarterback also reminded us just how much parity there is in the National Football League as his hard-luck team "upset" the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 21-13.

The loss snapped a 15 game winning streak in AFC West road games for the Broncos.

Siemian said last week he expected to start, but was inactive as rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch made his starting debut, going 23 of 35 or 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

It was also a relief for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who has put together a heck of a season thus far despite losing three of his best weapons in the passing game to season ending knee injuries, only to watch his team find new and embarrassing ways to lose down the stretch.

They fell behind early and never recovered because of a mixture of conservative calls, costly flags and a defense that showed up late again. His second holding penalty negated a C.J. Anderson rushing touchdown that could have made it a four-point game with 4:13 remaining.

The penultimate series ended in fitting fashion for the Broncos: another holding penalty, a sack, another fumble. The Denver offense was doing nothing on Thursday night, but he was able to protect the ball, and not make the huge mistake that would give the game away.

San Diego Chargers cornerback Craig Mager (29) reacts with teammate strong safety Jahleel Addae after picking up a fumble during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in San Diego.

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Bosa had two sacks in his debut Sunday then was a consistent force Thursday night as the Chargers knocked off the previously undefeated Broncos. We lost 10 games in a row [in the AFC West], but we won all three phases of that game [Thursday night]. They managed just one touchdown against Indianapolis in Week 3, settling for field goals whilst T.Y. Hilton burned them for the winning score with 1:17 left. The Chargers defensive line overpowered the interior of the Broncos offensive line to consistently get penetration in the backfield. In the first quarter, he completed 10-of-12 attempts for 119 yards and a 135.8 passer rating.

The Broncos, on the other hand, lost for the second straight time after opening the season with four straight victories. Until the fourth quarter, the offense's only scoring drive was a field goal that followed three-and-out after a Will Parks recovery of a muffed punt return. We're going to have to keep addressing it. "We have to make sure that our team stays together, which they will".

The rookie tight end, taken in the second round of the 2016 draft, has been a stand-out for San Diego.

He works well as a compliment to Antonio Gates, and having two pass-catching tight ends on the field at the same time means the Chargers can disguise their running and passing plays as well as anyone, something they did with success last night.

Denver caught a break later in the second quarter, when it recovered a punt that deflected off returner Travis Benjamin at San Diego's 11-yard line. A year ago, they lost consecutive games two separate times.

The Broncos will return home for their next two games against the Houston Texans and Chargers.

"I think he is ready to go", Jackson said.



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