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GAME PREVIEW: Broncos look to start season with a win

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Denver Broncos fans cheer after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half in a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Denver. Denver Broncos fans cheer after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half in a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Denver.

The Broncos kick off their season against the now Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, under the lights at Mile High Stadium.

Denver is looking to get off to a hot start against a division foe in one of the strongest divisions in the NFL. Both the Chiefs and the Raiders scored impressive week one victories, so starting with a win against a division rival is important.

Vance Joseph is making his head coaching debut, and he's expected to continue the defensive dominance and get the Broncos back to the postseason. Joseph decided during the preseason to stick with Trevor Siemian at quarterback for a second year. Siemian was able to hold off  Paxton Lynch to win the job after a close competition through the offseason. Lynch suffered an injury in the presason finale, causing the Broncos to sign former Broncos QB Brock Osweiler to back Siemian up.

The defense will look to keep it rolling, but will have to adjust to a new defensive coordinator and the retirement of DeMarcus Ware as well as the release of T.J. Ward. Shutdown corners Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are looking to follow up another stand out season.

WHO'S NEW: Head Coach Vance Joseph, Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy, Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods, OT Garrett Bolles (NFL Draft 1st round), G Ron Leary (FA From Dallas), OT Menelik Watson (FA from Oakland), OT Ty Sambrailo (From Atlanta), RB Jamaal Charles (FA From Kansas City), QB Brock Osweiler (FA From Cleveland) , DE Zach Kerr (From Indianapolis)

KEY DEPARTURES: Head Coach Gary Kubiak (later named to front office position), Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips, OT Russell Okung, DE DeMarcus Ware, S T.J. Ward

TIME: 8:20 p.m.

WHERE TO WATCH: ESPN

REASON TO WORRY: Depth on the defensive front might be a cause for concern. Defensive end Shane Ray is out for the first six weeks of the season due to a wrist injury. DE Jared Crick is also out. DE Adam Gotsis and DE Zach Kerr and DT Derek Wolfe were all limited in practice this week. Having Von Miller will help tremendously, but it allows the Chargers to double team him more easily.

KEY TO A BRONCOS WIN: The running game. Will CJ Anderson be to stay consistent to relieve some of the pressure off of Trevor Siemian? Will Jamaal Charles flash his former brilliance? Will the new offensive line get a push? If the answer to those questions is yes, the Broncos should have a good chance.

Follow @KOAAMPrichard and @KOAAGrant for Twitter updates throughout the game.

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