DENVER | Vance Joseph watched his team go from cruising along to a nearly colossal collapse over a nightmarish fourth quarter. In the end, the newest Denver Broncos head coach was presented the game ball to go with all that unexpected late-game stress.
DENVER | Shelby Harris got a hand on Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left, and the Broncos began the Vance Joseph era with a 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night.
PHOENIX | Nolan Arenado’s tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning powered the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
DENVER | The Denver Broncos have agreed to a four-year deal with kicker Brandon McManus, who set an NFL record by making all 10 of his field goal attempts in the playoffs two years ago.
ENGLEWOOD | Mike McCoy is calling the plays again instead of the shots. His second stint as Denver’s offensive coordinator begins Monday night against the Chargers, the team that fired him as their head coach nine months ago. McCoy won’t say it, but wide receiver Demaryius Thomas thinks McCoy would like to stick it to his former team.
NEW YORK | Home, sour home. Winning on the road is supposed to be difficult in the NFL, particularly early and late in the schedule, when weather can be a factor. Last season, hosts went 147-107-2, a .578 winning percentage. That actually was the second-lowest success rate at home since 2006.
MIAMI | A possible tornado was reported near the Miami Dolphins’ stadium during Hurricane Irma, and structural engineers will inspect the complex for potential damage, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person confirmed the planned inspection to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not commented on the condition of the stadium. The team’s complex in Davie, Florida appears to be fine in the wake of the storm, the person said.
DENVER | Von Miller has sacked Philip Rivers more than any other quarterback in the NFL. That’s not why he’s delighted to open the season Monday night when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Denver Broncos.
WASHINGTON | The shortest game of the season at Nationals Park turned into a lengthy afternoon for Washington. It was well worth it when the champagne corks started flying in the locker room. Stephen Strasburg extended his scoreless streak to a franchise-record 34 innings, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday in a tidy 2 hours, 16 minutes. About 90 minutes later, Washington clinched its fourth NL East title in six seasons when the Braves beat the Marlins on an 11th-inning homer in Atlanta.
HOUSTON | With all eyes on the tunnel leading under the stands, J.J. Watt emerged. He raised a Texas flag skyward before screaming “let’s go,” sending NRG Stadium into a frenzy. Watt and the Houston Texans opened their season Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the area ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its flooding a much-needed distraction from the harsh reality of life in the wake of the storm.