The Los Angeles Chargers have improved to 3-4 after handing the Denver Broncos their first shutout loss since the 1992 season.
The Chargers defeated the Broncos 21-0 on Sunday, winning their third game in a row. The Chargers improve to 3-4 on the year and the Broncos drop to 3-3 as they are two teams going in completely different directions.
The Chargers took advantage of a battered Denver offensive line, pressuring Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian all day and shutting down Denver’s rushing attack. The Broncos managed just 69 yards on 19 carries and the Chargers were able to get five sacks.
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The big play in the game came in the first quarter when Travis Benjamin caught a punt and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. The Chargers put it on cruise control from there, never looking back.
Denver couldn’t get out of its own way, rarely threatening on the offensive side. Siemian didn’t have time to find receivers down the field, often checking the ball down far short of a first down.
The Chargers went up 14-0 when Austin Ekeler scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Later, the Chargers dealt the final blow when Philip Rivers hit Benjamin on a crossing route that resulted in a 42-yard score.
Rivers threw for just 183 yards and Melvin Gordon gained just 38 yards on the ground. Yet the Chargers still won.
The Chargers must now get ready for their toughest task of the season, traveling to Foxborough next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.