"He wants to go out and put as many points as he can on any team". The stakes are high right out of the gate, as Joseph makes his coaching debut on the big Monday night stage against the talent-rich Chargers.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS (2016: 9-7, third in AFC West): Trevor Siemian begins his second year as a starter after passing for 3,401 yards last season and has a solid pair of receivers at his disposal in Demaryius Thomas (five straight 1,000-yard seasons) and Emmanuel Sanders (three straight). The slightest stumble by the offense at the most inopportune time can lead to a disastrous result. In the end, the play didn't change the outcome of the game as Denver held on to win, 24-21.
While this should be a close game, we give a slight edge to the Saints.
Denver took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter in this opener and the Broncos were feeling pretty good.
They had followed their standard blueprint of defensive dominance in every way. The Broncos even welcomed back Brock Osweiler at the end of preseason, going into the regular season with three quarterbacks on the roster.
The Chargers attempted a field goal to tie the game, and if not for the Broncos late timeout, the game would have gone into overtime.
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The 23-year-old has scored 49 goals in 98 games for Juventus since his arrival in the summer of 2015. To go three games against them without conceding a goal [this year] would be extraordinary.
Broncos fans may not like the rule, but that's why there was no PI called. He drove them into field goal range, allowing rookie sensation kicker Younghoe Koo to take the field for a huge game-tying kick.
"Obviously, having those two speed rushers, that's going to be a chore for any tackle in this league", Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. However, the tides quickly turned. In this case it was both, which led to a screaming nose dive righted just before impact.
There wasn't much running to be done by the Chargers in the second half, not with Los Angeles facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. At that time the Chargers offense had been smothered almost into submission. Their best fourth-quarter sequence was a five-play, 43-yard drive which ended in a missed 50-yard field goal from Brian McManus. Melvin Gordon ran for 58-yards on 18 carries.
But even the best defense is vulnerable when the opposing offense is gifted quality field position. Six plays later, the Chargers parlayed the turnover into a Philip Rivers-to-Keenan Allen 5-yard touchdown pass.
Panic shouldn't have set in yet. Last season, Gordon tallied 205 rushing yards in two games against the Broncos, and he will need to maintain that triple-digit average for the Chargers to have a chance. Or just doing the clock-milking part would have been fine, too, as long as they protected the ball. With the weapons on hand for Siemian to throw to, and a capable group of running backs, it's not hard to see this team staying in the race for the AFC West over the course of the season.