Good morning, Broncos Country!
One more day. One more day.
Though it will be nice to just sit and watch football today without the stress. By the way, it’s still crucial to point out that the New England Patriots have the worst record in the NFL and that won’t change regardless of what unfolds in today’s games.
As opposed to even more analysis on the regular-season opener for the Denver Broncos, I’ll give some numbers and history on opening games and the series with the Los Angeles Chargers. Earlier this week I put a thread together on Twitter based on that, and fans seemed to love it.
Adam Malnati and I also previewed Monday night’s game on the latest Mile High Report Radio Podcast. The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.
So I thought the MHR community would enjoy the history too and will do so the rest of the regular season in this space. The information comes from the Broncos weekly release.
- The Broncos have compiled a 37-19-1 (.661) all-time opening-game record to tie for the best mark in the NFL.
- The Broncos enter Monday's game with a 43-13-1 all-time record in home openers. That includes a 16-1 record in the last 17 games.
- The Broncos are a NFL-best 29-4 in home openers in the Pat Bowlen era (1984-present).
- This is the Broncos 26th consecutive year on Monday Night Football. That extends the second-longest streak in the NFL. The longest streak belongs to the Oakland Raiders at 28 years, from 1970-97.
- Monday Night Football serves as the 115th meeting between the Broncos & Chargers. Denver leads the series 63-50-1 — 39-17-1 at home; 24-33 on the road.
- The first game took place on Oct. 16, 1960 at then-Bears Stadium in Denver w/the Chargers winning 23-19.
- The first and only game played in LA for the Broncos-Chargers series took place on 12-10-1960 at the LA Coliseum, a 41-33 Chargers win.
- The Broncos have six shutouts, with the last one on 10-22-88, a 12-0 win in San Diego. The Chargers have three shutouts, with the last one 10-8-78, a 23-0 win in San Diego.
- The Broncos scored the most points, 50, on 10-6-63 in Denver. The Chargers scored 58 points on 12-22-63 in San Diego.
- The most points combined between the Broncos/Chargers was 84 on 10-6-63, a 50-34 Denver win in Denver. The fewest was a 7-0 Broncos win on 10-7-79 in Denver.
- The Broncos longest winning streak is seven games (11-16-75/9-17-78). The Chargers longest winning streak is six games (12-22-63/10-30-66).
- Broncos head coaches are 10-1 when they make their debut for the organization in the regular-season opener. John Fox (shocker) is the only coach in the loss column.
- Jamal Carter is the 13th rookie free agent in the last 14 years to make the Broncos 53-man roster for Week 1 of the regular season.
- Demaryius Thomas is joined by only Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as the only players with four consecutive seasons with at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards.
There you go, Broncos Country. We’ll find out in one day where this game ranks in the all-time history of this rivalry. Hopefully with more pouting and whining from Philip Rivers.
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