At 3-3, the Broncos season isn’t over by any stretch. However, if they can’t figure out their offensive woes and shake things up, the tailspin will likely continue. The defense, on the other hand, was completely dominant.
This is a game most teams would win, but Denver can’t score points.
Last time Broncos shutout was also game played in Los Angeles. Nov. 22, 1992. Tommy Maddox threw 2 picks in 24-0 loss to Raiders. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 22, 2017
In a first quarter filled with offensive and special team blunders by the Broncos, it was the defense that shined. After an A.J. Derby fumble, Philip Rivers tossed a 36-yard pass to Hunter Henry, and the Chargers were in scoring opportunity.
Then after a defensive pass interference on Darian Stewart, Chargers had a first and goal at the one foot line. They would hand the ball off to Melvin Gordon four straight times, but the defense would stuff Gordon four straight times at the line.
The amazing defensive stand wouldn’t matter as Travis Benjamin would take the next Broncos punt 65 yards for a touchdown to give the Chargers a lead after one quarter of play.
The Broncos offensive woes continued as Trevor Siemian seemed to get worse, leading the team to multiple three-and-outs and fumbling away one possession while taking multiple sacks.
Fumble— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) October 22, 2017
On the other side, the Chargers got their first offensive drive going. They capped off the 65-yard drive with a touchdown to rookie Austin Ekeler. Outside of that one drive, the Chargers offense hadn’t gotten anything done. Three of their first half drives ended in negative yardage.
Neither team could get much going in the third quarter as defense reigned. Surprisingly, the offense that did get things going late was the Broncos offense as they crossed midfield as the quarter came winding to an end.
The hope for the Broncos entering the fourth quarter quickly faded as they went for it on fourth and six with nearly 13 minutes left in the game. Predictably, Siemian chucked it up for the interception.
With that, all hope for the Broncos in this game - and likely the season - evaporated. The question now is, what will they do at the quarterback position and will it even matter?