Heading into Thanksgiving, there is very little intrigue in this division. It is Denver’s to lose. The Broncos put a stranglehold on their second straight division title Sunday with a 30-23 win over the visiting San Diego Chargers in a game the Broncos controlled much more than the scoreboard indicated.
On the day Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and drew even with John Elway in the career win column, it was Broncos linebacker Von Miller who stole the show – not only with the three sacks and two forced fumbles that rattled Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers , but with the ever-evolving sack dance he uses to celebrate.
Any hopes San Diego had to win its first AFC West title since 2009 essentially ended Sunday, as it couldn’t slow a Broncos team that continues to roll. The Chargers fell 30-23 and must now make up four games in six weeks.
What usually has been a sound special teams unit allowed another blocked punt, this one again coming from the right side, this one again leading to a second-quarter touchdown. Broncos linebacker Nate Irving was the one who broke free in a 30-23 Chargers loss.
Denver’s dynamic pass rusher sacked San Diego’s quarterback three times during the Broncos’ 30-23 victory here Sunday. No one in the NFL does it better than Miller right now, and few have done it better, ever, in their first two seasons.
“This is a tough place to play,” Chargers coach Norv Turner was saying after his football team’s latest sewage spill, this one being Sunday’s 30-23 defeat at 5,280 feet to the Broncos, which in effect ended a season for San Diego that really ended weeks ago.