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The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers are in identical situations heading into their first meeting of the season.


The teams are tied for last place in the AFC West and looking up at the runaway Kansas City Chiefs.


The Broncos play host to the Chargers on Sunday. Both teams enter the game 2-4.


The Broncos continue to rely on their defense, much like they did to win the Super Bowl five seasons ago. At least one player thinks it's unfair.


"This is a time where the offense has to look in the mirror," Broncos tight end Noah Fant said Tuesday. "We're having help from our defense, but what can we do to put points on the board? What can we do to do these things? If we aren't living up to that expectation, then we have to change something around and get to that point."


Denver's offense was a non-factor in the 43-16 loss to Kansas City last Sunday, and it didn't score a touchdown in an 18-12 win over New England the week before. The Broncos will need more from the offense for a realistic shot at the playoffs.


Quarterback Drew Lock has played unevenly since returning from a shoulder injury against New England. He ran for a score against the Chiefs but threw a pick-six later in the game, one of two interceptions in the game. He has thrown four in two games without a TD pass.


"I could have done a lot better of a job on Sunday -- complete easy passes, work through my progressions better, trust our (offensive) line a little more, and that's fully my plan this week," Lock said Wednesday. "I'm excited to go do that."


Lock might have to do it without a couple of big weapons.


Running back Phillip Lindsay is in the concussion protocol and wide receiver Tim Patrick did not practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. Tackle Demar Dotson (not injury related), defensive end Shelby Harris (illness, not COVID related) and wide receiver Diontae Spencer (shoulder) didn't practice.


The Broncos also placed nose tackle Mike Purcell on injured reserve with a season-ending foot injury.


The Chargers have been preparing for Sunday's game while also dealing with the wildfires in Southern California. Several team staff and players, including rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, were part of the more than 100,000 people evacuated from the area because of the fires.


Herbert has flourished since taking over as the starting quarterback after Tyrod Taylor was injured in the first game of the season. Herbert has thrown for 901 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception over the last three weeks. He also rushed for 66 yards and a score in last week's 39-29 win over Jacksonville.


One of his favorite targets has been wide receiver Keenan Allen, who has averaged eight catches on 55 targets since Herbert moved into the starter's role. Allen had 10 receptions for 125 yards against the Jaguars and has developed a connection with Herbert.


"He's a young quarterback that can play in this league," Allen told ESPN. "And he's just going to get better. The more reps he gets and more things he can see in the actual game plan -- can't do nothing but learn from (them). We tight, too."


The Los Angeles players who did not practice Wednesday were tight end Virgil Green (ankle), guard Ryan Groy (biceps) and guard Trai Turner (groin).


The Denver defense will pose a challenge for Herbert and Allen. Despite the 2-4 record, the Broncos have gotten strong play from their defense and nearly kept Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes from registering a touchdown pass for the first time in 17 games last week.


--Field Level Media


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Los Angeles Chargers

Denver Broncos

Player Position Lineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Melvin Ingram III primary: Defensive End Starter
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cole Toner primary: Right Guard Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Justin Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Gabe Nabers primary: Fullback Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Malik Jefferson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Troymaine Pope primary: Runningback Substitution
Jahleel Addae primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Tyron Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Desmond King II primary: Defensive Back Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Not active
Trai Turner primary: Guard Not active
Tyree St. Louis primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player PositionLineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bryce Callahan primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Dre'Mont Jones primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Malik Reed primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
A.J. Bouye primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Starter
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Austin Schlottmann primary: Right Guard Starter
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Demar Dotson primary: Right Tackle Starter
DeShawn Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Fred Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Cornerback Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Patrick Morris primary: Center Substitution
Jake Rodgers primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
DeMarcus Walker primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jeremy Cox primary: Runningback Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Safety Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Michael Ojemudia primary: Cornerback Substitution
Albert Okwuegbunam primary: Tight End Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Essang Bassey primary: Cornerback Substitution
Austin Calitro primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Anthony Chickillo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sylvester Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Jake Butt primary: Tight End Not active
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Brett Rypien primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jeff Driskel primary: Quarterback Not active
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Netane Muti primary: Guard Not active

Los Angeles Chargers

Denver Broncos

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Gabe Nabers
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keenan Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 55 Yards
    • Rusher: Phillip Lindsay
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 24 Yards
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Passer: Drew Lock
    • Pass Receiver: KJ Hamler
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 40 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DaeSean Hamilton
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
    • Passer: Drew Lock
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Albert Okwuegbunam
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
    • Passer: Drew Lock
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Broncos @ Chargers 16-19
  • Chargers @ Broncos 30-31
  • Chargers @ Broncos 20-23
  • Broncos @ Chargers 20-13
  • Chargers @ Broncos 23-9
  • Broncos @ Chargers 23-22
  • Broncos @ Chargers 0-21
  • Chargers @ Broncos 21-24
  • Chargers @ Broncos 19-27
  • Broncos @ Chargers 13-21

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

Drew Lock passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns, the last one to K.J.Hamler coming as time expired Sunday as the host Denver Broncos rallied to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30.

DaeSean Hamilton had four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, Albert Okwuegbunam had another TD reception, and Phillip Lindsay ran for 83 yards and a score for Denver (3-4). Lock was 26-for-41 passing, as the Broncos came back from a 24-3 third-quarter deficit.

Justin Herbert finished 29-for-43 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers (2-5), with Mike Williams catching five passes for 99 yards and a score and Keenan Allen eight receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Justin Jackson rushed for 89 of L.A.'s 210 yards on the ground, Gabe Nabers also had a TD catch, and Michael Badgley kicked three field goals for the Chargers, who held leads of 24-3, 27-17, and 30-24 before Denver's final drive.

After the Chargers got Badgley's 33-yard third field goal with 2:30 remaining for the six-point lead, Lock drove Denver 81 yards to win it.

With 7 seconds remaining, and the Broncos at the L.A. 18-yard line, Chargers defensive back Brandon Facyson was called for pass interference in the back of the end zone, giving the Denver the ball at the 1-yard line. That left 1 second on the clock and Lock found Hamler to give the Broncos to victory.

Denver's comeback started with Lindsay's 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, making it 24-10. Two possessions later Lock found Okwuegbunam in the back of the end zone to get Denver within 24-17 with 11:42 left in the game.

Badgley hit a 47-yard field goal to make it a 10-point game with 8:02 left but just 32 seconds later, Lock connected with Hamilton on a 40-yard TD pass to pull the Broncos within 27-24.

It all was so different in the first half.

The Chargers struck twice in the final two minutes of the second quarter to pull ahead. Allen had a nine-yard TD catch with 1:48 left in the half, and after a Denver three-and-out Herbert hit Nabers for a two-yard touchdown and a 14-3 halftime lead.

Herbert then found Williams down the right sideline for a 24-yard TD and a 21-3 lead and Badgley kicked a 52-yard field goal to make it a 21-point lead midway through the third.

--Field Level Media