LA Chargers: Getting to know the Week 8 opponent, the Denver Broncos
By Devon Auriemma
The LA Chargers will head to Denver to take on the Broncos in their Week 8 matchup.
The LA Chargers finally picked up their second win of the season after defeating the Jaguars 39-29 this past weekend. The Chargers defense allowed James Robinson to run all over them as he totaled 119 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown.
After the Jaguars took the lead for the second time in the game, the momentum shifted back into the Chargers favor late in the third quarter after Dede Westbrook lost a fumble on a kickoff following a 70-yard touchdown by Jalen Guyton.
The Chargers defense stood strong in the fourth as the Jaguars’ only two possessions of the quarter ended in a punt and a turnover on downs. Even though they blew another lead of at least 16 points, they were able to close this game out with a win, making their record 2-4 heading into a divisional matchup with the Broncos.
Last Five Matchups
While the Chargers have outscored the Broncos by 24 points in their last five meetings, the Broncos have won three out of the last five, including a sweep of the Chargers last season.
Both meetings last year were one possession and low scoring games. In the first game, the Broncos got off to a 17-0 lead by halftime. The Chargers offense struggled as their only touchdown of the game came on a Desmond King punt return.
Chase McLaughlin added the other six points for the Chargers, but their comeback attempt would fall short. The offense totaled 35 rushing yards, gave up three sacks and had three turnovers.
In their second meeting, the Broncos got out to another early lead as they took a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Philip Rivers and the Chargers battled back to tie the game at 20 with under 20 seconds left. The game ended on a game-winning field goal by Broncos kicker Brandon McManus as time expired following a questionable defensive pass interference call on Casey Hayward.