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2017 Schedule
3-4, 3rd in AFC West
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Defense wins championships

The Chargers were able to escape with a win Sunday vs. the Broncos despite accumulating their fewest total yards of offense in a game since 2012. It helps when the defense holds the opponent scoreless, and that's what happened in LA's 21-0 victory.

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Defense propels Chargers to first win in LA (0:57)
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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Dominant performance by defense propelled Chargers to third straight win in shutout victory over Broncos.

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Benjamin's 2 TDs spur Chargers past Broncos (0:58)
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Win over Broncos took Rivers back to '09 (0:50)
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Broncos' struggles makes Chargers look good (1:23)

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

After starting the season 0-4, the Chargers have won three straight. And at 3-4, the Bolts still remain in the postseason conversation and therefore have reason for hope nearing the midpoint of this the 2017 campaign. Getting a win on the road next week against the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, would push the Chargers to .500 heading into the bye week.

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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.

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Benjamin's 42-yard TD catch puts game away (0:20)

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers announce Matt Slauson has a biceps injury. His return is questionable. Rookie Dan Feeney is in at left guard.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Amazing punt by Drew Kaser, 69 yards with backspin and Austin Ekeler hustles to down it on the 1-yard line. Kaser is averaging 58.6 yards per punt and has helped the Chargers control field position.

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Chargers RB Ekeler plays air guitar after TD (0:24)
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Broncos turn ball over after Siemian is sacked (0:23)

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Tough call but the right call on Melvin Ingram's sack of Trevor Siemian. Ingram's target has got to be lower.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers get another shot at first and goal from a yard out and make a nice call hitting Austin Ekeler on a swing route for a TD. Chargers now lead the Broncos 14-0.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers have held Broncos' offense to 1-of-6 on third down and 74 total yards on five possessions.

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Benjamin finds a seam for punt return TD (0:24)

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time the Chargers had a return for a touchdown was a 65-yard punt return for a score by Micheal Spurlock in a December 2012 game against the New York Jets.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Big play by Travis Benjamin on 65-yard punt return for a TD and Chargers have their first lead of the season in the opening quarter, a 7-0 advantage over the Broncos. Chargers have been outscored 50-14 in the first quarter so far this season.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers give the ball four straight times to Melvin Gordon and can't get in from a yard out, turning the ball over on downs and wasting a turnover created by the defense. Bolts have to be more creative on offense in that situation.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers inactives: WR Dontrelle Inman, TE Sean Culkin, QB Cardale Jones, RT Joe Barksdale, DT Corey Liuget, RB Branden Oliver, T Tyler Marz.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers K Nick Novak in the powder blue jersey.

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 Yards251.38th
Rushing Yards79.131st
Points For19.6Tied-20th
Points Against18.78th

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