The Denver Broncos proved that all good things really do come to an end.
After going 394-straight games without being shutout, which was the longest such streak in the NFL, the Broncos failed to score a single point against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon in front of 25,388 fans at the StbHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The Broncos’ NFL-best 394-game scoring streak has ended. Shutout for the first time since November 1992.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 22, 2017
The last time the Broncos got shut out was a 24-0 loss on November 22, 1992 against the Los Angeles Raiders.
The Raiders at the time were led by wide receiver Tim Brown, running back Marcus Allen and defensive end Howie Long – all of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For the Broncos, Tommy Maddox was filling in for an injured John Elway at quarterback; Dan Reeves was still the team’s head coach; Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe missed the game because of injury; and the defense was led by franchise legends Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater, Simon Fletcher, Dennis Smith, and Tyrone Braxton.
In a bit of irony, that shutout also happened in Los Angeles.
Looking forward, the Broncos have little reason to be optimistic about the remainder of the 2017 season. Their offense is obviously a mess, they have been hit hard by the injury bug, and their schedule only gets more difficult, starting with a Week 8 road game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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