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The Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos match-up will take place at 8:20 PM MDT.

It is finally here! 2017’s first Denver Broncos game, we have everything that you need to know and we will lead you all of the way into tonight’s game. Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.

Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Monday, September 11, 2017

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It is finally here! 2017’s first Denver Broncos game, we have everything that you need to know and we will lead you all of the way into tonight’s game.

Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.

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vs. Chargers:

our preview for tonight's game.

Last season 86% of the runs against the Broncos were for positive yardage. With the right defensive end Jared Crick listed as out for this game, Denver's base defense will employ a steady amount of only two defensive linemen, Derek Wolfe and some form of Shelby Harris /Adam Gotsis / Domata Peko rotating in and out next to Wolfe and eventually for Wolfe. This coupled with Shaquil Barrett's superior rating as a run-stopper (as opposed to Shane Ray's non-superior rating as a run-stopper and the now retired DeMarcus Ware being an absolute liability last season at times against the run). Expect Kasim Edebali and rookie DeMarcus Walker to spell both Barrett and Von Miller.

Have we mentioned that Miller thinks that he will have at least two sacks per game this season?

Denver's defense allowed just 5.5 yards-per-target to opposing wide receivers last season (the fewest in the NFL), but the Broncos defense allowed 147.3 yards from scrimmage per game to opposing running backs, 40th in the league for 2016. Both of these statistics should improve drastically with the changes up front and with Will Parks in the rotation with Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons at safety along with rookie phenom Jamal Carter.

Tight ends managed 27.4% of the targets when offenses played Denver's defense last season, that was the highest percentage in the league. Expect a steady flow of Chargers tight end Hunter Henry early and often until Denver puts a stop to it. Also, it is easy to assume that Los Angeles will try to get Antonio Gates his all-time catch record as soon as possible, so Gates is also a point of interest for the Broncos.

Rivers has not performed as the best quarterback for that week against Denver since Week 11 in 2010.

Last season Denver's offense tied for last in the NFL in offensive plays that gained 20 or more yards. Last season Denver's defense allowed the fewest plays of 20 or more yards.

If you're a Chargers fan looking for hope, there is none. In two games last season Chargers' wide receiver Tyrell Williams caught only four of his nine targets for 32 yards. Los Angeles wide receiver Keenan Allen averages just 40.3 yards-per-game in four games against the Broncos. Allen will draw Denver's Chris Harris this game.

Denver's Trevor Siemian has not had a great time against the Chargers posting week's last season that saw him finish as the 17th and 27th worst weekly quarterback.

Last season Los Angeles allowed the fifth-most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs.

[h/t: Evan Silva, Rotoworld]