A game that looked like a blowout became fun all of a sudden, and while it's a dagger L for the Chargers, it could be a springboard for both teams.
Lynn said earlier this week that that the decision was made based purely on his assistants' personal preferences. The Chargers sealed the unlikely win when Junior Seau recovered John Elway's fumble in the closing seconds. This week it's the Bolts in Denver against the Broncos so let's start with the visitors.
Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns passes as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 21-18. The Broncos defense is led by former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, but all three of the team's cornerbacks are risky.
Rivers stayed away from the All-Pro tandem of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., instead targeting Roby and safeties Darian Stewart and Simmons. When Philip Rivers went up top to Travis Benjamin it felt like the Chargers were just going to steal the game. For that reason alone, and the fact they're playing in Denver, I'm making my pick.
The Chargers offensive line is a bunch of blocking sleds and turnstiles.
While Ryan was correct in recalling that Gotsis had picked up a knee injury in college, he may want to have another look at the 2016 draft, where Gotsis was picked up by the Broncos.in the second round.
Every defense has a weakness and for this defense it is defending the run.
One quick step and Gordon, the third-year running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, was deep into the secondary for a 21-yard gain. Quarterback Trevor Siemian took advantage of the reprieve, marching the Broncos down the field for a 13-play, 70-yard scoring drive.
Even with great field position, the Chargers were held without any points, though, as Denver escaped their own stadium with the three-point victory. Inman, who caught for 810 yards a year ago, has been in and out of the lineup since undergoing sports hernia surgery in May. On the ensuing drive, Siemian threw a fine ball into good coverage that was nearly incomplete. While the Broncos defense is better than the Chargers offense, I believe their offense pales in comparison to the Chargers offense because of their questions on the offensive line and at QB.
Tucker rounded off the scoring in the third quarter with another field goal as Dalton suffered a bad night with four interceptions and one fumble.
One of the more intriguing matchups in tonight's game will feature talented edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram against Denver's new offensive tackles - free agent addition Menelik Watson and 2017 first-round pick Garrett Boles. "They do a good job of moving him around to create mismatches, so at some point, you have to block him one on one".
Covered Seahawks for Tacoma News Tribune for six seasons. Only four players in National Football League history have made more. It's always tough to play in Mile High, but I see the Chargers getting big performances from the defensive line and running game.
It's impossible to know how first-time head coaches such as Anthony Lynn and Joseph are going to handle their first test.