Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started for the Broncos but left the game with a minor injury before returning. Two Patrick Surtain II interceptions in the second half — one returned for a touchdown — was the difference. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw for over 300 yards, but the two late interceptions were costly. The Chargers head to Cincinnati next week for a key AFC matchup, while Denver hosts the Detroit Lions.
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Once again, Herbert was forced to throw the ball underneath. Thirty-four of his 44 attempts traveled less than 10 yards downfield. He fared well in those situations but faced difficulties further on longer attempts.
Justin Herbert by Target Depth
Lead back Austin Ekeler couldn’t find much room on the ground, as he finished with 31 yards on 12 carries. Twenty-six of those yards came after contact. He did come away with five catches on six targets for 34 yards, 19 of them coming after the catch.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Keenan Allen was the top target for Herbert, and he hauled in five catches on eight targets for 63 yards, three of which went for first downs. Mike Williams was the only other player from this group with more than two targets. He saw five and caught three for 32 yards. All three went for first downs.
Kyzir White made four run stops, one of which was for a loss. He was also targeted four times and gave up a reception each time, but only one went for a first down. He was credited with another three stops against the pass.
Derwin James was targeted three times and pulled down an interception on one of them. He allowed just one catch for three yards. The unit as a whole allowed just 65 yards on 12 targets.
Bridgewater went out near the end of the first quarter, and Drew Lock played until halftime before ceding his spot back to Bridgewater.
Bridgewater vs. Lock
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Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams split the carries almost even, with Gordon getting 17 handoffs to Williams’ 14. Gordon was given more room to operate, averaging 3.8 average yards before contact en route to 4.9 yards per carry. Williams was at just 2.9 average yards before contact and 3.9 yards per rush.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
McTelvin Agim recorded a sack and three pressures, and Stephen Weatherly notched a sack and two pressures. Jonathon Cooper and DaShawn Williams each had a sack, too. Malik Reed and Dre’Mont Jones both tallied four pressures but no sacks.
Kenny Young made two stops against the run but gave up a touchdown and two first downs on five targets for 56 yards.
Surtain allowed just 25 yards in his coverage on six targets and nabbed two interceptions. On the other side of the field, Kyle Fuller was picked on repeatedly. He allowed seven catches on nine targets for 93 yards, with five of those receptions going for first downs.