Welcome to San Diego, Mike McCoy

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It required an extension for the Chargers to sell enough tickets to their season opener and avoid a blackout.

Perhaps their fans knew what to expect, because they were treated to a second straight epic collapse in as many MNF appearances by the Chargers.

San Diego blew a 21-point third-quarter lead on Monday night, and Houston left town with an improbable, last-second, 31-28 victory.

For new Chargers coach Mike McCoy, it was a familiar script, albeit from the wrong side of the story.

Of course, the last time San Diego played on MNF (also at home), they jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead on McCoy's Broncos, who turned their 2012 season around with 35 unanswered points.

This time, the Chargers pounced on the Texans with four Philip Rivers touchdown passes - including two to former friend Eddie Royal - and held a 28-7 advantage after the second half's opening possession.

But the Texans stormed back with two touchdown strikes by Matt Schaub, a pick-six by Brian Cushing, and a last-second 41-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, leaving McCoy to offer up his first Laserface impression.

From Denver's perspective, a Chargers win might have been a more welcome result, given that Houston figures to provide stiffer competition within the AFC than San Diego will in the AFCW.

But it's hard to feel disappointment at Rivers & Co. failing to gain a first down on their last six possessions of the game.

Suck it down, Marmalard.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV on Monday's practice; John Fox and several others speak afterward; Ryan Clady discusses his training regimen.

Champ Bailey, Wesley Woodyard, Joel Dreessen, Trindon Holliday, Omar Bolden, and C.J. Anderson missed practice due to injuries.

Anderson may return to practice soon; practice squad DE John Youboty has done some scout team work at linebacker.

Broncos Analysis

Greg Cosell says Peyton Manning thrived against Baltimore's two-deep shell, he expects Montee Ball to eventually overtake Knowshon Moreno as the starting RB, and he loves what he saw out of Duke Ihenacho.

Shaun Phillips still has a lot to say, but it's not annoying anymore, now that he's a Bronco instead of a Charger.

Giants

It's unclear whether CB Prince Amukamara (concussion) will be ready to go Sunday; the G-Men cut DE Adewale Ojomo, a move that may open the door for them to add a running back.

To that end, Tom Coughlin was noncommittal regarding RB David Wilson's role this week.

Poor line play and tackling don't figure to serve the Giants well against Denver.

Ralph Vacchiano offers a weak argument suggesting that Sunday will mark Eli's best chance at defeating his older brother.

News

In the other MNF game, the Eagles raced out to a 33-7 lead over Washington and held on for a 33-27 victory in Chip Kelly's NFL debut; Mike Tanier discusses the game.

Dennis Allen says Terrelle Pryor will remain Oakland's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, who have ruled out Blaine Gabbert (multiple hand injuries) and will start Chad Henne instead.

Pats RB Shane Vereen will undergo wrist surgery and miss a few weeks; Rob Gronkowski isn't expected to play Sunday against the Jets; Carolina lost RG Garry Williams for the season; Buffalo lost WR Marquise Goodwin and CB Ron Brooks indefinitely; Lions DT Ndamukong Suh may face a suspension for his latest dirty play.

Pittsburgh added K Shayne GrahamChicago re-signed G Jonathan Scott and waived TE Kyle Adams; Seattle will host former Broncos TE Daniel Fells.

The LA KISS are the latest Arena League team to offer Tim Tebow a contract.

Analysis

PFF's best (Julius Thomas, Chris Harris, David Bruton) and worst (Eric Decker, Mitch Unrein) performances from Week 1.

Mike Silver has Denver at #3 in his rankings; Pat Kirwan and Pete Prisco have them at #1; Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column.

Retired linebacker Scott Fujita is ready to admit he misses football after having attended the Saints' season-opening win.

Maths

According to Jason Fitzgerald, the Broncos currently have $7.68M in cap room, but the NFLPA says they have a lot more ($12.86M).

As great as PMFM was last week, it was far from his best game according to DYAR.

Chase Stuart notes the struggles of the running game in Week 1 and revisits yards per carry for running backs, this time through the prism of a team's points per possession.

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