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The Chargers sit among AFC royalty in Week 11 as winners of six-straight with a 7-2 record. Yet, their fan support is the stuff of peasants.

Just keep an eye on the color scheme inside the stands at StubHub Center in Los Angeles. It’s likely orange will outnumber powder blue — even with Denver’s lackluster 3-6 record.

The Chargers rank dead last in average home attendance at 25,370. Second worst? The Bengals at 52,189. The initial problem is venue. The StubHub center, also home to the LA Galaxy soccer team, features just 27,000 total seats. The team will move into its permanent home in 2020.

The larger concern, though, is an overall lack of Chargers’ fan support. The move last season from San Diego to LA hasn’t drummed up excitement over the franchise with opposing teams regularly outnumbering Chargers’ fans. Like when Kansas City visited LA in September and the collective chant – “Home of the Chiefs” — rang loudly at the completion of the national anthem.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph called the setting “like high school game in Louisiana.”

“Last year I was hurt, so I didn’t play there … but I hear Broncos fans were there and filled the stadium like a home game,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “Hopefully it’s like that this game, too.”

— Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post

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What’s on tap?

Week 11: At Los Angeles Chargers, 2 p.m. Sunday, KCNC-4; 850 AM, 94.1 FM

TV/RADIO: Here’s what sports are airing today


Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Case Keenum (4) slaps hands with Justin Simmons (31) of the Denver Broncos as they take the field before kickoff against the Oakland Raiders. The Denver Broncos hosted the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

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AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Case Keenum (4) of the Denver Broncos falls back as he is pressured by Brennan Scarlett (57) of the Houston Texans and Angelo Blackson (97) during the second half of the Texans’ 19-17 win at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Broncos Journal: Case Keenum has seven games to make John Elway’s decision easier or tougher

If Keenum plays well and the Broncos squeeze out 2-3 more wins, Elway would be justified in passing on a quarterback in the first half of round 1 in the NFL draft next spring. Read more

Quick Hits

NFL Week 11 Picks: Game, lock and upset of the week from the Denver Post

Kiszla: After another NFL season gone bad for Broncos, should team rebuild by trading Von Miller?

DaeSean Hamilton’s role projects to spark Broncos offense, open return game options

+ Broncos accounting for Chargers rookie safety Derwin James is an every-snap task

+ Broncos RG Elijah Wilkinson prepared for “amazing opportunity”

+ Broncos Briefs: Max Garcia (ACL) becomes latest offensive lineman to be lost for year

+ Want to chat about the Broncos? Ask to join our closed discussion group on Facebook.

By The Numbers


Broncos briefs: Key to halting Chargers’ offense is limiting first-down success

The Chargers’ prolific offense ranks inside the NFL’s top-10 for yards per game, scoring, sacks allowed and several other categories. But one statistic stands most impressive — 7.6 average yards gained on first-down plays. Read more

Parting Shot

LISTEN: Broncos podcast: Examining 2019 NFL draft possibilities pending Denver’s final seven games

Are more Broncos losses a positive for the long-term health of the franchise? Listen here

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