Broncos’ defense frustrates Rivers, Chargers in win

“I remember the first play I ran. In my head I was thinking about how fast the linemen were, I didn’t even look at my read,” Gordon said. “I was just like ‘Wow these guys’ the whole time while I’m running the play. This time I was comfortable and stuck to my reads. I told myself — I was obviously nervous the whole trip there, but I told myself ‘you go against a lot of great players in practice and you had a whole season so just be calm and read the reads and follow your lineman.'”

Gordon scored a touchdown against the Titans last week — though it doesn’t count as his first official TD, since it’s the preseason. It’s the first time Gordon has entered the end zone since his college days at Wisconsin. Gordon said the touchdown “felt good” and added that he’s eager to get that feeling once again.

Added receiver Travis Benjamin: “I came from Cleveland, so you know what that’s like, losing at the end and turning the ball over and just dumbfounded like, ‘How could it happen?’ … It gets frustrating. We feel like we can win, then the unbelievable happens for four or five weeks straight.”

The Chargers have lost four games by a combined 14 points. They’ve held second-half leads in each loss. Sunday’s falter to the Raiders marked the Chargers’ 10th straight defeat to AFC West opponents.

A killer series of events for the Chargers: With 10:25 left in the second quarter and San Diego up 7-3, Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware — who played a wonderful game — sacked Rivers to send the ball downfield. Recovered by linebacker Corey Nelson and returned for 26 yards, the ball was initially ruled a fumble before replay overruled it. Four plays later, though, Rivers could only watch as a throw to Tyrell Williams was tipped into the air and taken 49 yards to the house by cornerback Bradley Roby.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch rookie pass rusher Joey Bosa on GamePass, what are you doing with your days and nights? The Chargers behemoth issued another tantalizing performance against Denver, pushing back blockers and notching three quarterback hits as part of one of the AFC’s top linebacking units..

People who are in regular contact with Spanos believe he would like to stay in San Diego if possible. That is not new or surprising. Spanos is tired of the uncertainty and would like more answers about the situation. Both sides are frustrated with the back-and-forth uncertainty.

Perhaps this week will answer the question, does San Diego have something actionable and concrete, as opposed to the stadium referendum that failed? The question was asked of people involved in this situation: What could city officials in San Diego do to convince the Chargers to stay?

Murray credited receivers Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas for delivering quality blocks on his big run. Murray easily broke safety Adrian Phillips’ attempted tackle on his way to the end zone.

Murray rushed for an NFL-leading 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, but flopped last season after the Eagles signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract with $21 million guaranteed. Murray averaged 3.6 yards per carry and was benched late in the season.

With Carson Palmer limited to three series and Philip Rivers not playing, the first half was mostly a competition between veteran backup quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Drew Stanton.

On their way to a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points.