The Denver Broncos have already sat back and watched both the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders pick up Week 1 victories. That means that the loser of Monday night’s game between Denver and the Los Angeles Chargers will be the only team in the AFC West to lose this week.
The Los Angeles Chargers begin a new era in their franchise history when they face the Denver Broncos to open their regular season on Monday Night Football (7:20 p.m. PT/10:20 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Chargers (5-11 in 2016) are playing in Los Angeles for the first time since 1960 after they opted to leave San Diego after 55 years. The Chargers will host the Broncos in the StubHub Center and hope a change of home city will reverse their recent fortunes. The Chargers haven’t reached the playoffs since 2013.
The Chargers have a bunch of talent around quarterback Phillip Rivers. Running back Melvin Gordon came up just short of 1,000 yards – 997 yards – and he scored 10 touchdowns as he took a big jump in his sophomore season in 2016. They have veteran tight end Antonio Gates, although second-year player Hunter Henry will see more snaps in 2017. The Chargers also have a fleet of wide receivers including Keenan Allen and former Western Oregon University star Tyrell
The Broncos don’t want to be behind the 8-ball that quickly, so this will be an important game, particularly with it being played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. That being said, do not sell the Chargers short. They’re a much better team than most fans likely realize.