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Around the AFC West: Broncos and Chargers Square Off Monday Night

Posted Sep 11, 2017

The Raiders kept pace with Kansas City on Sunday, winning their season-opener

The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the 2017 season in style last Thursday night, defeating the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and starting the season in the win column.

Here’s a look around the AFC West as the first week of regular season action comes to a close.

Oakland Raiders (1-0)

Week 1 Results: Won at Tennessee, 26-16

Quarterback Derek Carr, who broke his leg late last season and missed Oakland’s playoff game, competed 22 of 32 passes for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Raiders held off the Titans for the season-opening victory. Running back Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards in his Raiders debut.

Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was 4-for-4 on field goals in his professional debut as veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski recovers from a back injury.  

The Local Perspective: The East Bay Times and San Francisco Chronicle broke down the action.

Next Up: Oakland will host the New York Jets (0-1) next week at O.co Coliseum.

Denver Broncos (0-0)

Week 1 Results: The Broncos host the Chargers on Monday night in the second game of Monday Night Football’s double-header.

The Broncos, led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, will kick off their season under the lights on Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver will likely field one of the better defenses in the league again this season, highlighted by linebacker Von Miller and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., setting up an interesting opening matchup against a formidable Chargers offense.

Offensively, Siemian will try to connect with familiar targets Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders under new leadership. Head Coach Vance Joseph is beginning his first season at the helm along with new Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy, who was the Chargers’ Head Coach from 2013-16.

The Local Perspective: The Denver Post talked to McCoy about his return to the Mile High City and facing his old team.

Los Angeles Chargers (0-0)

Week 1 Results: The Chargers travel to Denver to kick off the 2017 season on Monday Night Football.

Los Angeles is looking to rebound from a 5-11 campaign last season that was riddled with close losses and major injuries. Quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw for over 4,000 yards and 33 touchdowns last season, will lead a potentially explosive offensive attack, highlighted by wide receiver Keenan Allen and running back Melvin Gordon.

Allen is back this season after tearing his ACL in last season’s opener at Kansas City. Gordon is looking to build on a strong sophomore season in which he ran for 10 touchdowns and earned an invitation to the Pro Bowl.

On defense, Los Angeles features one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL with defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Bosa recorded 10.5 sacks last year as a rookie.

The Chargers are also under new leadership this season, with Anthony Lynn taking over as Head Coach. The game will mark the first time that two African-American head coaches faced off against each other in their head coaching debuts.

The Local Perspective: The Los Angeles Times previewed the team’s first game representing its new city. 

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