Harris' heroics saved the Broncos from blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead for just the second time in their history.
The Broncos almost fumbled the win, as they squandered a 17-point lead entering the fourth quarter with Los Angeles outscoring Denver in the final period, 14-0. Denver has now won six consecutive season openers, the longest active streak in the league.
The Broncos took the field for a crucial drive and immediately went from their own 25 to the Chargers' 16 on one play thanks to a deep pass and roughing the passer penalty on Melvin Ingram. Both teams have new head coaches, who will be looking for their first wins as a head coach at any level.
While Los Angeles' defense proved effective against Denver's passing game, it could not contain the running game, giving up 140-yards on the ground.
Before those fourth-quarter foibles, Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score. He went head first a couple of times which I don't like.
Keenan Allen was targeted a team-high ten times but had a few drops and finished with only five receptions for 35 yards and the lone score. I know it's happening, and I know it's a big deal, but it's not like I'm sitting here every day saying, 'I need one. As he approached the goal line, the only person standing in his way was Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa. Later, he wasted Jason Verrett with a fake.
The Broncos have no concern about their defensive personnel, but should have plenty of concern about how those personnel are used with former All-Universe defensive coordinator Wade Phillips out of town. And Rivers then heaved one deep for his only 15-plus yard completion of the night. Safeties Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons wreaked havoc when they approached the line of scrimmage. "They're too good of players not to get targeted". If Von Miller inspires fashion designers, Siemian looks made for flip flops, a worn Cubs ballcap and a pair of Dockers. Conversely, the Broncos' offense still has plenty of room for improvement. You can catch the action live on ESPN, or stream it online free with a cable subscription via WatchESPN on your pc, phone, or tablet. They have start wide receivers, but no real quarterback to consistently throw them the ball.
Immediately there was an answer from the Broncos offense, and renewed life when Siemian zipped a 44-yard pass up the seam to tight end Virgil Green.
It's not shocking that Denver had a strong defensive showing after finishing with a top five defense in each of the last three years. Siemian was able to hold off Paxton Lynch to win the job after a close competition through the offseason. Siemian's numbers weren't disgusting when it was all over with 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.