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Von Miller was in the backfield all game against both of the offensive tackles for the Chargers. He had a good balance of speed around the edge and utilized an inside move when the Denver defense was stunting on the defensive line.
Alexander Johnson made a number of plays at inside linebacker for the Broncos in this game. He showed up quickly in the run game in his run fit, creating issues for the Chargers’ offensive line on their double teams at the point of attack. He also had a huge interception in the end zone late in the game after the Chargers had just gotten a turnover themselves.
Courtland Sutton continued his breakout season with a 70-yard touchdown on a play where he broke two tackles after the catch. Joe Flacco didn’t need to throw the ball much, as the Broncos tried to grind out the clock with the lead to secure their first win of the season.
Phillip Lindsay had a big day, showing great quickness with his cuts and making a number of defenders miss on his 15 carries. Royce Freeman got in on the action too, power running his way to a number of big first downs.
Philip Rivers made some nice intermediate throws but struggled to get into a rhythm in this game. He had a costly interception late in the game in the end zone, where he misread the coverage and didn’t see the underneath coverage coming over. Denver did a good job taking away the downfield passing game, as the Chargers struggled to create any explosive plays in the passing game.
The Bolts’ offensive line struggled as a whole in both the run game and in pass protection. The Chargers couldn’t get much going in the run game and had a hard time protecting against edge pressure from Miller and Malik Reed. Melvin Gordon made a few nice cuts on a couple of runs, but for the most part was bottled up by the Denver defense.
The Chargers had a tough time stopping the run all day as they appeared undersized once again. The absence of star safety Derwin James was evident in both the run and pass game, as this unit seemed to lack the physicality it played with in 2019.
Joey Bosa was his usual destructive self, wreaking havoc on Flacco and the Broncos’ offensive line with a number of quick pressures and wins.