Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

How the Chargers and Broncos match up for the season opener Monday

How the Chargers and Broncos match up for the season opener Monday

The Vikings, though, will be crossing their fingers up front, too.

"It's going to be emotional for me", Voll said as he waited for kickoff. The onus, then, could fall on QB Sam Bradford to test the waters.

The quips about his aging process speeding up aside, McCoy's four years as a head coach helped shape his approach as he began his second stay in Denver. That makes this matchup intriguing and a bit of a mystery as well.

The disappointment the Chargers endured last season probably paled in comparison to that of the Broncos.

Fans began trickling onto the Mile High Stadium grounds in downtown Denver hours before the start to the Broncos 2017-18 season.

Still, the San Diego transfers are a tough out, even when the record doesn't show it. He could easily find himself in the Los Angeles backfield early and often again tonight against a retooled Chargers offensive line that once again is dealing with injuries at the outset of the season. The Broncos were 2-4 in division games last season as they split with the Chargers and Raiders while losing both games against the Chiefs.

Rivers's undoing, and that of his team, often remains turnovers.

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Chargers Offense: There are two big changes in the Charger offense from a year ago. Facing an opportunistic, aggressive Denver defense on Monday night, taking care of the ball obviously will be a key.

"I don't want to win this game more than any other, don't get me wrong", Lynn said.

The Broncos have won eight of their last ten against the Chargers, but have only covered in half of those games. In theory, this should be a better, more athletic front. Nobody on the Denver staff knows as well as McCoy the havoc that Chargers pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram can bring create off the edge.

The QB, however, is the same, albeit with more experience.

It is no secret that Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian isn't John Elway but he's still a serviceable quarterback when he has time. And that's really the most important part: the holding. The Broncos are counting on his tenacity and energy being positives while Bolles learns how to avoid penalties - something that was a problem in their second preseason game when he was whistled for holding three times in the first half.

While Philip Rivers' (above, right) track record against the Broncos in Denver isn't particularly good, he can take some comfort in knowing that he will have a full complement of weapons tonight.

Bold prediction: The Broncos' secondary scores a touchdown. Regardless, the Chargers faltered down the stretch, losing five consecutive games to end the year, ultimately ending Mike McCoy's reign as head coach. Monday, his defense will have its hands full making sure Rivers doesn't run through it. Weapons abound for the veteran Chargers quarterback, starting with a healthy wideout Keenan Allen, who has been dominant during the preseason after missing all of past year with a knee injury. He won't face a deeper group of defensive backs all season, though.

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