Who says Mile High is the only place for magic to happen for the Broncos? Denver certainly got incredibly lucky to march into the StubHub Center and get the win on the road. The Broncos snapped a two-game winning streak while the Chargers have quietly been putting together a great season. Being at the game, it felt almost like a Broncos home game with so many fans representing the orange and blue in L.A. Regardless, the Broncos played some good ball and really fought hard against the Chargers.
The offense had some hiccups but still managed to have a solid game. Quarterback Case Keenum was 19 of 32 throws and passed for 205 years. Phillip Lindsay was incredible, that’s all I can say about him. He had 11 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. On Lindsay’s second touchdown, he took the snap directly and ran to the end zone. Then he pulled off something that fans had been waiting to see; the Mile High Salute. The salute is a special tradition that started with Denver legend Terrell Davis. It is a military-style salute that TD was seen doing every time he scored. It’s only fitting that Lindsay would bring out the Mile High Salute because he has brought back the #30.
The defense had a great game today. The combined efforts resulted in three sacks and two interceptions. Highlights of this were Von Miller getting a sack, which marked his 100th career sack ( he’s the 5th fastest player to get to 100 since 1982). Today’s sack marked 10 on the season, and he joined Reggie White and DeMarcus Ware as the only players with 10 sacks in 7 of their first 8 NFL seasons. Other players to get sacks were Rookie Bradley Chubb and Adam Gotsis. Miller also recorded an interception and he nearly took it to the house. Chris Harris Jr also recorded an interception, his second of the season.
The Broncos proved they wanted the win bad today. The offense and defense weren’t perfect but they did what they needed to make it all come together. It was all capped off by Brandon McManus’s game-winning field goal as time expired. Next week the Broncos face off against the Steelers at home in Denver.
Until next time, Keep Calm and Bronco On!