The Los Angeles Chargers have lost three of their last four season openers. They will look to change that on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.
These two teams split the season series last year with the Chargers defeating the Broncos 21-13 on Thursday Night Football in the memorable Color Rush game. However, when they went to Denver just two weeks later, the Broncos were able to return the favor with an 8-point victory of their own.
The Chargers have not been able to pick up a win in Denver since December 2013 and have lost five of the last six games there. But this is a new season and a new team in a new city, so if it is going to get different results, it will have to find ways to buck certain trends.
So how do the Chargers go into Sports Authority Field in front of a national television audience and pull this one out? They will have to control three key factors, which have been identified here.
Read on for those factors and more information on this season-opening matchup within the AFC West division.