It’s clear that the NFL set the season’s prime-time schedule by betting that the Denver Broncos would be good. Instead, between the Monday night season opener on September 12th and last night’s Monday night performance, the Broncos have put up no more than 23 points and have disappointed at almost every snap. NFL Week 6
Every week, fans hold their breath and cross their fingers, wondering if they’ll be uttering the famous line from the movie Dumb and Dumber, “You know, Lloyd, just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this…and totally redeem yourself!”, or if they’ll mutter the coach’s line from Letterkenny when he kicks a trash can (if you know, you know).
Last night was Letterkenny’s coach’s line, as the Broncos lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime 19-16.
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The first quarter belonged to Denver with a field goal by Brandon McManus, followed by a nice 39-yard catch by tight end Greg Dulcich. After that, things looked promising, with the Broncos up 10-0 by the end of the first.
The Chargers finally answered back in the second quarter with a classic Austin Ekeler touchdown five minutes in. We had to wait an additional 10 minutes until the next score when Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal, tying the game 10-10. McManus ended the first half with a field goal, and the Broncos went into the locker room feeling decent about their performance and the lead.
Notably, running back Melvin Gordon was sidelined for the majority of the game, only logging three rushing attempts for eight yards. This was supposed to be a revenge game for him going up against his former team. But instead, he looked like a sad, lost puppy waiting for his family to pick him up from the pound.
Denver relied on their newly signed third-string back Latavius Murray, and he will apparently be the lead back going forward. Murray rushed for 66 yards but failed to put any points on the board.
Russell Wilson was the team’s second-highest rusher with four attempts for 23 yards. Coach from Letterkenny enters the room with his trash can kicking catchphrase.
The second half of the game belonged to the Chargers, with a successful field goal by Hopkins roughly five minutes into the third quarter. After that, the scoring was silent until the fourth with a 48-yard field goal by McManus at 6:39. Another field goal by Hopkins tied the game at 16-16.
The Chargers tried to put points on the board at the end of the fourth, but Denver’s defense proved too much for the Bolts.
Dustin Hopkins was limping around the sidelines with his leg wrapped in an ice pack. After his first field goal, he grabbed the back of his right leg but continued to be the lead scorer for the Chargers in the game, putting 13 points on the board.
Penalties were atrocious throughout the game. The Broncos suffered 10 penalties for 151 yards, and the Chargers had nine penalties for 89 yards. Both defenses were gassed by the end of the game and hurried off the field at the end of the game for some much-needed rest.
Both teams went three and out repeatedly until the game ended in overtime, with Hopkins kicking a 39-yard field goal.
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Where was everyone? Courtland Sutton? Targeted three times, only catching twice for 14 yards. Jerry Jeudy? A better performance than Sutton, catching the ball three times for 54 yards. Kendall Hinton? Eight yards on one reception.
What about the Chargers? Mike Williams? 17 yards over two receptions. Gerald Everett? 29 yards over five receptions. The only receiver who shined for the Chargers was WR3 Joshua Palmer, who had 57 yards over nine receptions. Just behind him was running back Austin Ekeler, who had 47 receiving yards over 10 receptions.
Receivers across the board were seemingly in The Upside Down from Stranger Things.
That could be a testament to each team’s defense, as Russell Wilson was sacked four times, and Justin Herbert was sacked twice. The defensive lines for each team had opposing QBs flustered and hurried. Although Herbert wins the award for having the most time to throw the ball.
- Justin Herbert: 37-57 for 238 yards and one interception
- Austin Ekeler: 14 rushing attempts for 36 yards and one touchdown
- Joshua Palmer: nine receptions for 57 yards
- Russell Wilson: 15-28 for 188 yards and one touchdown
- Latavius Murray: 15 rushing attempts for 66 yards
- Jerry Jeudy: three receptions for 54 yards
While the game was fairly entertaining, both teams could have done better. Broncos’ head coach Nathaniel Hackett is walking a fine line between leading a team with all the potential in the world and the unemployment line. The Broncos have to do better. The offensive line needs to bring the heat. Russell Wilson needs to take more control of the plays on the field.
The Chargers are now tied for the lead in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll be just fine. They put up a strong performance last night and will head to Seattle next week to take on the Seahawks.
That’s it for me this week. I’ll be back next week when the 2-4 Chicago Bears travel to Foxborough to play the 3-3 New England Patriots. NFL Week 6 NFL Week 6 NFL Week 6