Chargers at Broncos: Who has the edge?

CHARGERS (0-0) at BRONCOS (0-0)
When: Monday, 7:20 p.m.
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Line: Broncos by 3 points
TV/Radio: ESPN; 640, 980 (Spanish)


Neither of the Chargers’ top two 2017 draft picks aren’t healthy, but the offense still represents a clear improvement over last season’s iteration. The most important change may be the return of Keenan Allen, one of the game’s elite receivers when healthy. After missing most of the past two seasons with a torn ACL and a lacerated kidney, he returns as part of a deep receiving corps that gives Philip Rivers plenty of field-stretching options — even if No. 7 overall pick Mike Williams still isn’t practicing. The Broncos have slowly shed players from their Super Bowl defense — defensive end Malik Jackson, linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Danny Trevathan, safety T.J. Ward — but this should still be one of the league’s top units. Cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. have seven combined Pro Bowl nods, and linebacker Von Miller will be in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. EDGE: BRONCOS


The Chargers’ biggest offseason move was signing Melvin Ingram to a long-term deal, thereby locking down one of the league’s top pass-rushing duos for the next several years. Ingram and Joey Bosa, the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, will create chaos in opposing backfields — and this year, they get to do it with two Pro Bowl corners behind them.

Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett have yet to play a full season together, with the latter tearing his ACL last October. Verrett only played two series in the preseason, so the Chargers may limit his snap count in Week 1. The Broncos have weapons on the outside in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — but Trevor Siemian, the weakest starting quarterback in the division, is working behind an unproven offensive line. EDGE: CHARGERS


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