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Broncos down 6-0 to Chargers after first quarter

The Denver Broncos defense is limiting the damage, but the yards are piling up in favor of the Los Angeles Chargers offense.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers have dominated the Denver Broncos on both sides of the ball through one quarter of play, except where it counts - scoring. Two really long drives by the Chargers resulted in 123 total yards, but once they got into Broncos territory both drives have stalled.

Most of those yards have come from three plays, with pass completions of 28-yards to Keenan Allen, 28-yards to Mike Williams, and a 36-yarder to tight end Virgil Green. All of those big plays helped the Chargers to their 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the Broncos offense has been sputtering through all of their drives so far having netted just 28 total yards of offense. In fact, they didn’t even try to run the ball until late in the first quarter and that one run play netted five yards and a first down.

We’ve seen this story before and if the Broncos offense continues to have short, meaningless drives, the floodgates will open for the Chargers offense as the Broncos defense becomes gassed and exhausted.

Not a good start for Denver.