Chargers’ Gordon, Allen set to play vs. Broncos

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Melvin Gordon
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Melvin Gordon /
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 15: Melvin Gordon
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 15: Melvin Gordon /

The Los Angeles Chargers will have two of their star players on the field when the Bolts host the Broncos.

Running back Melvin Gordon and wide receiver Keenan Allen were questionable coming into Sunday’s contest against the Denver Broncos. Both Gordon and Allen were dealing with shoulder injuries.

Thankfully, both players are expected to play on Sunday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

#Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) is expected to play, but will work out pre-game, source said. RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is good to go

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2017

The Chargers absolutely need their No. 1 running back and No. 1 receiver ion the field in what is a huge game vs. the Broncos. The Chargers, who started the season 0-4, have won two in a row and will be right back in the mix of things if they beat Denver. The Broncos are currently in second place in the AFC West with a 3-2 record. They gave the New York Giants their first win last week and are very banged up heading into Week 7. Starting tackles Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson and starting receiver Emmanuel Sanders have already been ruled out.

The Chargers lost to the Broncos in the 2017 season opener. They had a chance to bring the game into overtime, but former kicker Younghoe Koo’s kick was blocked in the final seconds of the game.

The momentum, however, now appears to be in the Chargers’ corner. Denver’s defense is good, especially the secondary. Allen might not have a big game, but his presence will open up opportunities for other playmakers like Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry. The Bolts need to start fast in this one so they can let Gordon carry them to victory. The best pass-rushing tandem in the NFL (Joey Bosa/Melvin Ingram) should take care of Trevor Siemian and an offense that has failed to score more than 17 points in three straight games.