ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Broncos would claim a "4-game" lead in division with win - At 6-3, the Broncos currently hold a two-game division lead over the 4-5 Chargers. If the Broncos win on Sunday, Denver would have a three-game lead over the Chargers. Because of how the head-to-head victories are factored into a tie, it would actually be equivalent to a four game lead. Denver beat San Diego 35-24 earlier this season and by NFL tiebreaking rules, if you have lost the head-to-head tiebreaker, then the only way that you can pass a team in the standings is if you have a better overall record. The Broncos have not swept the Chargers in a season series since 2005.
Peyton Manning is on the brink of history - If Peyton Manning can lead the Denver Broncos to a victory over the San Diego Chargers, then he would tie John Elway for the second-most career victories by a starting quarterback with 148. Manning would also move into sole possession for the second-most career touchdown passes with his next connection in the endzone. He has thrown for 420 career touchdown passes, tying him with former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers loves playing at Mile High - To say that Phillip Rivers has been successful on the Broncos home turf is an understatement. The ninth-year quarterback holds a 5-1 career record in Denver. To make matters worse, with Rivers at the helm, the Chargers have outscored the Broncos 208-124. San Diego's only loss in Denver came in 2008, as the Broncos won 39-38 with the assistance of an errant whistle from referee Ed Hochuli that erased a fumble by then Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.
Broncos defense has turned up the pressure - It is no coincidence that the source for the Broncos four-game surge has come from an opportunistic defense. During the winning streak, Denver has forced ten turnovers, including six in the second-half alone against the Chargers. The Broncos only forced four turnovers in their first five games.
Von Miller is on a tear - Broncos linebacker Von Miller is having an amazing season. Miller is second in the NFL with ten sacks. The second-year pro has had four sacks in his past two games, including two three-sack games against the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals.