Alexander: Chargers defense helps quiet the opposing fans
CARSON — Defense wins games on the road, right?
OK, that was a little bit of snark. But on a day when the Chargers played what almost certainly felt like their seventh of 16 road games, before a preponderance of Broncos’ orange in StubHub Center, their defense served notice that they aren’t going quietly.
The 21-0 clean sheet, if we can use a term more appropriate to the other sport played in this stadium, was the first laid on the Broncos since Nov. 22, 1992. That, too, took place in Los Angeles, a 24-0 loss to the Raiders at the Coliseum.
That day Tommy Maddox threw a pair of interceptions. Sunday Trevor Siemian threw one interception, escaped two others when Jahleel Addae and Jatavis Brown dropped potential picks, and was sacked five times — two each by Joey Bosa and Chris McCain and one by Melvin Ingram.
And that doesn’t include the most spectacular hit of the day, when Ingram got into the Broncos’ backfield untouched and leveled Siemian, only to be flagged for roughing the passer. The call was debatable, and if you’re the home team you tend to get the benefit of the doubt … oops. Forgot.
Still, for the team without a discernible fan base things are actually looking up. The Chargers have a three-game winning streak, are now 3-4 and could be 7-1, or at least 6-2 if not for a blocked field goal at the end in Week 1 and a miss at the end of Week 2.
(In other words, if Nick Novak had been here all along … )
Meanwhile, Gus Bradley’s defense had an impact Sunday. Siemian didn’t have a lot of time to throw, and while he passed for 207 yards he tossed some desperate heaves. And he had to throw, because the Chargers limited Denver to 69 […]