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Horse Tracks: Broncos historically awful in loss to Los Angeles Chargers

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There’s bad, really bad, and horrible... and then there’s Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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I’ve seen horrible Broncos losses before. There was the awful 59-14 loss to the Raiders in 2010 and the Seahawks Super Bowl. Rahim’s whiff and the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 also come to mind. There are plenty more to list, but why beleaguer the point? We’ve all had a pretty rough weekend.

What Broncos Country saw on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers was nothing short of a legendary failure.

Exactly one month shy of the 25th anniversary of this occasion, the Denver Broncos found a way to do something really special. Vance Joseph, in just 6 games, managed to pull off what his predecessors couldn’t. Gary Kubiak, John Fox, Eric Studesville, Josh McDaniels, Mike Shanahan, nor Wade Phillips could do what Dan Reeves did in his final season as coach of the Broncos—not score a single point in a football game.

Think that list is impressive? Trevor Siemian gets the distinction of playing all four quarters as a starter in the worst Broncos loss in 25 years. Paxton Lynch, Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton, Chris Simms, Jay Cutler, Jake Plummer, Steve Buerlein, Danny Kanell, Jarious Jackson, Brian Griese, Gus Ferotte, Bill Musgrave, and Hugh Millen all managed to get at least SOME points in their starts for the Denver Broncos. It was Trevor Siemian who managed to find a way to separate himself from some of the more notable names on that list to turn in zero points on Sunday.

Chris Simms doesn’t have a spleen, but at least he never turned in a doughnut for the Broncos. Everyone loves to bag on Kyle Orton, but he found a way to get points—every time. Jay Cutler had the charisma of a snapping turtle, but he never left us bone-dry. Steve Buerlein broke his pinky for Denver and yet did something offensively (granted it was before the broken pinky, but you get my drift). Danny Kanell didn’t disappoint his parents in the nosbleed seats during his two starts and managed to get something on the board each time. Who is Hugh Millen? You mean to tell me a guy named Hugh did better at his worst than Trevor did on Sunday?

Then there’s Bill Musgrave. The current quarterbacks coach for the Broncos was part of the shut-out streak. In 1996, Musgrave started one game for Denver and... you’ll be shocked to hear this, he didn’t get shut-out. How wonderful that he and Trevor can share this historic moment together. They both should be so proud.

It was a great streak while it lasted, but now it’s time to start a new one. Until that happens, you best believe I am going to hang this ridiculous loss around the necks of those who shoulder most of the responsibility. Here’s looking at you coach Joseph and Trevor Siemien. You guys are now historically a cut below everyone who came before you over the last 25 years. Congratulations. You earned every bit of it.

HORSE TRACKS

Chargers send Broncos to 1st shutout loss in 25 years, 21-0 - NY Daily News
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Chargers hand Broncos first shutout since 1992 - NFL.com
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Denver Broncos' offensive woes reach historic low
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Von Miller passes Mecklenburg for second on franchise sack list
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Defining Moments: Chargers 21, Broncos 0
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Why it happened: Chargers 21, Broncos 0
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Siemian Says: 'I need to be better' for offense to rebound
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Broncos desperate to prove they're better than Sunday's shutout loss
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Broncos' offense is the one that hurts Denver's defense the most
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At 3-3, Denver Broncos believe season at tipping point after 'embarrassing' 21-0 loss to Los Angeles Chargers
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Chargers dominate Denver to win their third in a row – ProFootballTalk
Don't look now, but the Los Angeles Chargers are on a roll. After starting the season 0-4 and becoming the laughingstocks of the league while playing in front of a half-empty soccer stadium, the Chargers have now won three straight after beating the Broncos 21-0 today.

Seahawks score final 24 points, leave Jersey with 24-7 win – ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks were sloppy for much of Sunday's game and they blew several opportunities to put points on the board in the first half of the game, but it ultimately didn't matter because the Giants offense wasn't able to hold up its end of the fight.

Sean McDermott: Buffalo feels “like heaven” after 3-0 home start – ProFootballTalk
Sean McDermott did something no other Bills coach has ever done before on Sunday. No, it wasn't getting booed off the field at halftime. That's happened in the past, but no other coach has ever won his first three home games as the head man in Buffalo.

Dolphins: Field was safe, but not up to expected standard – ProFootballTalk
When watching the Dolphins and Jets play on Sunday, it was hard not to notice the terrible condition of the field at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami and Syracuse played in the rain on Saturday night and the field looked worn out before the Jets and Dolphins even started their game.

Carson Palmer breaks arm, will have surgery and miss at least eight weeks - CBSSports.com
The Cardinals now have to turn to Drew Stanton to keep their slim playoff hopes alive

Dolphins reportedly believe Jay Cutler cracked his ribs, could miss 2-3 weeks - CBSSports.com
It is now Matt Moore time in Miami for the Dolphins

LOOK: Justin Timberlake announces he's Super Bowl LII halftime show in funny video - CBSSports.com
Justin Timberlake is headed back to perform at the Super Bowl for the first time in 14 years

Vontaze Burfict appears to kick Steelers player in the head while on ground - CBSSports.com
Burfict could be facing his second suspension of the 2017 season

First-place Saints sitting pretty after surviving ugly start at Green
The Saints did everything they could to give Green Bay momentum, with Drew Brees throwing two interceptions, but they managed to regroup and pull away.

Joe Thomas' injury overshadows Browns' QB shuffle and 0-7 record
On a day the Titans couldn't get in the end zone but still managed to beat the Browns, Joe Thomas' consecutive snaps streak was halted by an injury.

Don't look now: Steelers dangerous again after dismantling of Bengals
The Steelers appear to be hitting their stride, ripping off 251 first-half yards against the Bengals' second-ranked defense and never looking back.

Hello, world: Los Angeles Rams are here to stay
With a shutout of the Cardinals in London, the 5-2 Rams head into their bye week looking like a real playoff contender.

Ezekiel Elliott shows in win that he's what Cowboys might miss most - Dallas Cowboys Blog- ESPN
Ezekiel Elliott was at his peak in scoring three TDs for the Cowboys, who now turn to a New York courtroom in their efforts to fight a six-game ban.

T.Y. Hilton calls out Indianapolis Colts' offensive line after loss to Jacksonville Jaguars
T.Y. Hilton called out the offensive line after the Colts' 27-0 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday, saying the team's wide receivers "were winning our matchups. The O-line just has to play better."

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer taken out after two interceptions
Cody Kessler replaced DeShone Kizer as the Browns quarterback struggled. Kizer then was asked after the game about a reported video that showed him out until 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

With 10 sacks today, Jaguars are on an NFL-record pace – ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars sacked Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett 10 times today, and in the process they put themselves in position to break a longstanding NFL record. Jacksonville now has 33 sacks in seven games, which puts the Jaguars' defense on pace to finish this season with 75 sacks.

Everson Griffen has one sack in each of Minnesota’s seven games – ProFootballTalk
The Vikings' offense has plenty of questions marks. The team's defense has one really big exclamation point in defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen, now in his eighth season, has nine sacks in seven games.

Cardinals will stick with Stanton and Gabbert, for now – ProFootballTalk
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will miss at least eight weeks after suffering a broken arm on Sunday. The Cardinals will be applying the "next man up" standard in his absence. Coach Bruce Arians said after the 33-0 loss that Drew Stanton moves from No. 2 to No.