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2017 Schedule
3-3, 2nd in AFC West
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Miller: 'We obviously have issues' (0:40)
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Miller: 3-3 Denver '100 percent' at tipping point

With Sunday's 21-0 loss to the Chargers, the Broncos were shut out for the first time since 1992, with the most common refrain in the Denver locker room after the game being "embarrassing."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos were shut out for the first time since the 1992 season Sunday – a 21-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers – they've lost three of their last four games and they haven't won on the road in two tries this season. And while several players called Sunday's loss "embarrassing'' they also said they still believe, despite how it all looked Sunday, they have time to find solutions. They know that means road trips to Kansas City and Philadelphia over the next two weeks, but as running back Jamaal Charles said: "We've just got to get back to work and get it right. We have a lot of games to play – division games – and it starts next Sunday.''

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Benjamin's 2 TDs spur Chargers past Broncos (0:58)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

In Broncos locker room wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said quarterback Trevor Siemian "might have broken his nose." So asked Siemian as he walked to the team buses and he said "I don't know maybe," but then added "I don't think so, but my helmet came down on it pretty hard."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Entering Sunday, the Broncos and Colts had the 2 longest active streaks of not being shut out -- and it wasn't even close. Denver hadn't been shut out since 1992. The Colts hadn't been shut out since 1993. Both were shut out on Sunday.

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Chargers send Broncos to 1st shutout loss in 25 years, 21-0

Travis Benjamin returned a first-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the fourth, and the Los Angeles Chargers played a dominant defensive game in the first home victory of their relocation season, 21-0 over the Broncos.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

With today's game against the Chargers just about lost, the Broncos are down to a 27% chance to reach the postseason. They had a 39% shot entering today.

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Siemian's tough day continues (0:22)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Well, the Broncos are scoreless -- down 14-0 -- as fourth quarter set to start. They have league's longest active scoring streak in the league at 394 consecutive games.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After that 69-yard punt downed at the Broncos' 1-yard line Chargers punter Drew Kasar is averaging 58.6 yards per punt -- on five punts.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

In heir last two games the Broncos have now been outscored 31-3 in the first half of those games.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After two turnovers on offense and a punt return for a touchdown allowed on special teams the Broncos trail 14-0 to the Chargers at halftime. And the Broncos have run the ball just 12 times against the league's worst run defense for 31 yards and quarterback Trevor Siemian is the leading rusher with 14 yards. The Chargers came into game allowing 152.3 yards rushing per game.

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Miller a model of sack consistency

With his takedown of Philip Rivers on Sunday, Von Miller's now has five straight games with at least one sack. That's one shy of the longest streak of his career, having made it six straight in both 2012 and 2014. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Chargers have decided to direct their passing game to running backs and tight ends --like the Giants did last Sunday night against the Broncos -- as only one of Philip Rivers' seven completions has gone to a wide receiver so far.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

A fumble by A.J. Derby to go with an end-over-end punt down the middle of the field by Riley Dixon that was returned for a touchdown and the Broncos have successfully negated the best of goal-line stands from the defense.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos inactives: RB De'Angelo Henderson, WR Cody Latimer, QB Paxton Lynch, WR Isaiah McKenzie, WR Emmanuel Sanders, T Donald Stephenson, T Menelik Watson.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is said plane and banner...

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Plane flying over stadium before Chargers-Broncos game towing a banner that says "Dean Spanos Cheap Inept Weasel!"

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

In terms of playoff chances, no team in the AFC faces a higher leverage game today than the Broncos.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After the four signings from their own practice squad this week, the Broncos have nine rookies on today's roster against the Chargers and that doesn't include two players -- wide receiver Hunter Sharp and center Dillon Day -- who have spent time on a practice squad before this season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos rookie wide receiver Hunter Sharp is expected to return punts today against the Chargers. The Broncos like what they saw from Sharp, who was on the team's practice squad until Wednesday, in training camp. He returned 10 punts as a senior at Utah State in '15 -- 6.4 per return average -- and had a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD that year. Broncos special teams coordinator Brock Olivo on Sharp this week: "Hunter had a great preseason for us. He is a tough kid, he ran down there and stuck his face in there on kickoff. He made plays all over the field, not only as a returner but as a core special teams player. We're excited about Hunter, no question.''

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Bolts have significant edge over Broncos

Denver won the teams' Week 1 meeting and is a game and a half up in the standings, but ESPN's FPI gives L.A. about a 3-2 advantage in Sunday's rematch. That said, the Chargers are 0-2 when favored by FPI this season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards231.814th
Rushing Yards123.69th
Points For21.617th
Points Against19.48th