The Denver Broncos (6-1) have taken control of the AFC West with a convincing Thursday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers (5-3). Emmanuel Sanders had three TDs through the air and Juwan Thompson two on the ground to score for the Broncos.
Ronnie Hillman had a third straight dominant ground performance for Denver, with 20 carries for 109 yards. Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos on the ground, with 9 catches (on 9 targets) for 120 yards, and the three scores. Demaryius Thomas added a 100-yard game himself, with 8 catches for 105 yards. After the game, Manning said, "Everybody's running full-speed routes, because they know that the ball can come to them at any time." This game proved to be a very successful one for Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
The Denver defense was able to more or less contain the opponents' run game for the third week in a row, limiting Branden Oliver to 13 carries for 36 yards, 23 of which came on a final-play draw. They were also able to intercept Rivers twice. Chris Harris Jr. snagged one, but the crucial turnover late in the fourth quarter belonged to Rahim Moore. His play gave the Broncos back the ball and let them run time down.
Von Miller continued his league-wide dominance, notching another sack to bring his season total to 9.0. Terrance Knighton and Derek Wolfe split another. LB Brandon Marshall was all over the field, with 10 tackles and 2 TFL. The Broncos next travel to Gillette Stadium on November 2 to face off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.