Chargers at Broncos: Week 1 Staff Predictions

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Ryan Doyle: The Los Angeles Chargers’ defense bails out Philip Rivers as they force Trevor Siemian to throw three interceptions. Melvin Gordon has a big game as the injuries to the Denver Broncos’ defensive line take their toll. Antonio Gates breaks Tony Gonzalez’ record on the first offensive drive. Chargers 27 – 24 Broncos

Matthew Stanley: I said a few days ago I think 24-13 Chargers but I don’t think the game will be that high scoring. Both defenses will do a good job, but I think Trevor Siemian commits a couple turnovers and the Chargers are able to do enough offensively to get the W. Chargers 20 – 13 Broncos

Richard Wade: The Chargers are underdogs for a reason, but Trevor Siemian is awful and the Chargers’ defense with Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Jason Verrett, and Casey Hayward all healthy should be too much for him to handle. I like the Chargers in a close game. Chargers 20 – 17 Broncos

Cody Young: I’m optimistic to start the season, as always. The Broncos will be getting the Chargers at full strength, and I believe the Chargers have what it takes to pull out a W. Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward will be on the field together and will take advantage of Trevor Siemian. Chargers 21 – 10 Broncos

Michael Peterson: Chargers in a one-score victory with the Bolts O and Denver defense trading big plays. Gordon is fed heavily and Rivers takes advantage of having Keenan Allen against Denver for the first time since 2014. Siemian can’t orchestrate much while being harassed on the edges. Chargers 24 – 17 Broncos

Nathan Graber-Lipperman: The Broncos slide to the bottom of the division is in full effect, but I have a feeling the defense comes to play …

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