Broncos gassers following 19-16 OT loss to Chargers and looking ahead to Week 7 versus Jets


Gassers and a look ahead following the Broncos’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers in Week 6 to drop to 2-4.


Damarri Mathis

The Broncos’ defense was dominant again, but cornerback Damarri Mathis got picked on all night and was the weak link of the unit. Mathis was pegged for four pass interference penalties, an NFL high this year, including one on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He did have a key pass breakup on fourth-and-two on the opening play of the fourth quarter, but beyond that, it was a rough go for the rookie making his first career start.

Broncos O-line

Oof. The Broncos’ front turned in an ugly performance. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked four times for 28 yards, including twice on Los Angeles blitzes where linebacker Drue Tranquill came through the line untouched to blast Wilson. Tackle Calvin Anderson, pummeled by Khalil Mack in the first half, was benched as the Broncos moved Cam Fleming to left tackle and put in Billy Turner at right tackle.

Broncos punt return

In the pivotal play of overtime, the Chargers’ Ja’Sir Taylor blocked P.J. Locke into returner Montrell Washington as Washington was camped under a punt for a fair catch in overtime. Washington fell backward and had the punt bounce off his leg. Los Angeles recovered and soon after Dustin Hopkins kicked the game-winning field goal. Locke shouldn’t have been blocking that close to his return man. Special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes hung his head in disappointment after the play.


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