NFL

The Denver Broncos Outlasted the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30

Powered by 248 yards from Drew Lock, and a total team offensive output of 351 yards, the Denver Broncos outlasted the Los Angeles Chargers in a tantalizing 31-30 victory, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. The Broncos rushing game contributed to this with with 108 yards and one rushing touchdown, to support a 248 yards, three touchdowns effort by Drew Lock.

Lock contributed to this win by completing 26 of 41 passes, finishing the game with 248 yards, one interception, three touchdowns and a QB rating of 94.40.

The Broncos deployed a rushing game led by Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. For the game, Gordon carried the ball eight times and rushed for 26 yards, leading to no touchdowns. Lindsay supplemented by carrying the ball six times for a total of 83 yards. In the passing game, the Broncos’ top receivers were DaeSean Hamilton and Jerry Jeudy. Hamilton caught four passes for a total of 82 yards, while Jeudy contributed with 73 yards from four passes.

The Broncos were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in two sacks, and three tackles for loss, to go along with no forced fumbles, with no defensive touchdowns.

In a losing effort for the Chargers, Justin Herbert attempted 41 passes and completed 29 of them. This performance resulted in 278 yards, two interceptions, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 89.10 for the game.

The rushing game for the Chargers was led by Justin Jackson and Troymaine Pope. For the game, Jackson rushed for 89 yards from carrying the football 17 times. Meanwhile Pope carried the ball 10 times for a total of 67 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Chargers included Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Allen caught nine passes for a total of 67 yards, while Williams contributed with 99 yards from five passes.

Although their team lost the game, the Chargers defense ended the game with two sacks, and two tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles.

After this game, the Broncos improved to a record of 1-0, while the Chargers dropped to a 0-1 record. After the win, the Broncos now have a 1-0 record, compared to the Chargers who now have 0-1 record.