Thursday night was a coming out party for the young Chargers, a possible coming of age for a team that clearly needed it after two weeks of awful late let downs against the New Orleans Saints at home and the Oakland Raiders on the road.
This time around they would not allow themselves to fall into the same trap, despite a gaffe on a punt return by new wide out/returner Travis Benjamin, the team was able to rise up, hold the Broncos to a field goal, and eventually pull out a 21-13 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions.
“You’ve seen the last couple weeks, haven’t you?,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said
“We made it a little too interesting there. Like I say every week, we’re going to learn a ton from this game as a team. But the most important thing was we found a way to win today.”
The MVP of this game was a Chargers defense that at the start of the fourth quarter, had the Broncos gaining just 129 yards of total offense. If you were betting at harrahs casino, you probably would never have guessed that’s who would have rose up against Denver.
With new first-round pick Joey Bosa finally getting on the field and playing valuable minutes, the team seems to finally have gelled on defense to the point of being able to harass quarterbacks and make plays when needed.
None was more important than holding the Broncos to a field goal after the Benjamin fumble, a play that ended up keeping the Chargers ahead for good, and also kept the momentum on their side.
A night that belonged to the young players showed how good the Chargers could be if they just stop making careless mistakes, and with Bosa adding to the mix, they just might be a team that can finally put their 1-4 start behind them.
“Hats off to the Chargers for the draft class,” Bosa said. “Not only great players but great guys. That’s the kind of people you want in your organization. Obviously, it showed tonight.”
Jatavis Brown was another Charger that came up with a big play, one that saw a breakup of a pass in the final minutes by Broncos wide out Demaryius Thomas which forced a fumble that was recovered by Craig Mager, and another huge play being a sack of Brown of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian to seal the win.
How big was the win for the Chargers? It was their first win over a team with a winning record since they beat the Baltimore Ravens back in late November of 2014. If you’re counting that close to two seasons.
Since then, there’s not been too much to cheer about, but now with a quality win under their belt, here’s hoping the Chargers can follow up on it and keep up the momentum next week when they have a tough test at Atlanta against the Falcons.