The 2017 NFL schedule isn’t officially out yet, but a report from 9News’ Mike Klis claims that the Denver Broncos will start off their new season by hosting the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.
League Network source: Broncos to open 2017 season at home vs LA Chargers on Monday night. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 20, 2017
It’s a big game on a lot of levels, both because it’s the first one the Chargers will play since leaving San Diego and because it pits two divisional rivals against one another on the first week of the season. The Broncos and Chargers ranked third and fourth in the AFC West last year, with both missing the playoffs. If they want to turn that around and catch back up to the Chiefs and the Raiders, they can’t afford to lose that opening matchup that helps define the division standings. Nothing is a must-win in Week One, but it’s certainly important for both clubs right out of the gate.
The Broncos and Chargers played two games in three weeks last year, splitting the pair. The Chargers took the first one by a score of 21-13 on a Thursday night that saw both teams wearing bold Color Rush uniforms. That game was in Qualcomm Stadium, and Chargers TE Hunter Henry put up 83 yards and a touchdown in the win.
After a week apart, the teams met back up in Denver. The Chargers held Broncos QB Trevor Siemian without a TD pass while QB Philip Rivers threw two of them, but that wasn’t enough to get the win. The Broncos took the game by a score of 27 to 19.