Adam Gotsis steps up in Denver Broncos' win

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Adam Gotsis

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Adam Gotsis

Do it over again. We've had recent success against this team with less on offense and more on their defense. When Koo went to re-kick, the attempt was blocked and no good, sealing the thrilling win for the Broncos over a division rival.

The Los Angeles Chargers dropped a tough 24-21 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night in the regular-season opener.

Meanwhile, the Chargers' defense made Siemian look like a potential Pro Bowler.

Kade Dohmen: "I think the Chargers defense makes its name known because of this game".

Mistakes were costly for the Chargers early in this one.

Siemian's first passing touchdown was on a free play after the Chargers jumped offsides, but that only makes me like it more. The Broncos settled for a field goal on the drive, stretching their lead to 24-7. When Jamaal Charles fumbled, things got weird.

For most of Monday's 24-21 victory over the Chargers, the Broncos were in utter control. Siemian passed for 219 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a rushing touchdown for Denver. Past year he completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 4,386 yards, 33 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Football can be a amusing game.

Five minutes into the Los Angeles Chargers' first National Football League season, Casey Hayward was poised to score. This should better complement C.J. Anderson's aggressive running style, as well as simplify matters for a revamped Denver offensive line.

The last starting battle on the Broncos roster came down to the final hour. Knowing he was not going to turn the ball over, Siemian rolled out to the right and whipped a pass to the back of the end zone, finding a leaping Bennie Fowler for a score.

Don't let the Chargers' 5-11 record last season fool you.

Justin Tucker kicked Baltimore into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Joe Flacco found Jeremy Maclin for a 48-yard touchdown, with Terrance West running in to extend their advantage to 17-0 at half-time.

Rivers led the Chargers back on their next possession. Only Roby tackled Allen before the ball arrived and was flagged for a 40-yard pass interference penalty.

When the Chargers have the ball, all eyes will be on running back Melvin Gordon.

The Broncos' go-ahead score was set up by speedy rookie Isaiah McKenzie's 31-punt return.

Lynch will be back from a shoulder injury in due time and Osweiler has returned to the Broncos after failed stints in Houston and Cleveland (for $15.25 million less than what he was once offered), so Siemian still faces challenges moving forward.

The Broncos and Chargers also missed the postseason previous year.

Siemian rolled right and made a decision to run it in for the go-ahead score.

Von Miller and the Broncos open the season against Melvin Gordon and the Chargers.

One play after Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas dropped an easy pass from Siemian, he made a hard catch down the right sideline for a 29-yard gain setting up first and goal at the 10.

Rivers finished the game with 192 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Tonight's game should be a good early measuring stick for which team may be on the right track.

Update (10:19 p.m. MT): Leary is now out for the game with a concussion, according to a report from Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Consider that Harris joined the Broncos in January after signing a reserve/future contract. In the second of the two games, the #Los Angeles Chargers will visit the #Denver Broncos. And they almost did. Siemian had a pass bounce off Chargers safety Desmond King's shoe and into the hands of teammate Adrian Phillips. Phillip Rivers lost Keenan Allen in the opener previous year, and Melvin Gordon failed to finish the season with multiple injuries.

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