Chargers Send Broncos to 1st Shutout Loss in 25 Years
Pat Strathman - October 23, 2017 9:13 am
The Denver offensive woes continue.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian had two turnovers and was sacked five times in Denver’s 21-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers. It was Denver’s first shutout loss since a 24-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Raiders on Nov. 22, 1992.
Los Angeles started the scoring with a 65-yard punt return for a score by Travis Benjamin with 7:27 to go in the first. In the second, quarterback Philip Rivers delivered a one-yard TD pass to Austin Ekeler with 7:07 to go in the half. Chargers padded the lead when Rivers bombed a 42-yard strike for a score to Benjamin to put the game out of reach.
The Broncos outgained the Chargers 251 yards to 242, but Denver had two fumbles and a pick. The Chargers were a poor 3-of-12 on third downs, but the Broncos were just 3-of-14.
Siemian was 25-of-35 passing for 207 yards. Running back C.J. Anderson carried the ball 10 times for 44 yards.
For LA, Rivers completed 15 of his 26 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Tailback Melvin Gordon was limited to 38 yards on 18 rushes.
Denver fell to 3-3 and faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 7:30 pm on October 30. Pregame starts at 5:05 on Real Country 101.7.