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Peyton Manning and the Broncos stand above the AFC West

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In case there was any doubt before, there’s no doubt now: The Broncos are in complete control of the AFC West.

Today’s 30-23 win over the Chargers gives the 7-3 Broncos a three-game lead over the 4-6 Chargers in the division, and Denver has now swept the season series and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker as well. With the Raiders out of it at 3-7 and the Chiefs even further out of it at 1-9, Broncos fans might as well start preparing to see a home playoff game right now, because with six games to go in the regular season, there’s virtually no chance of the Broncos failing to win their division.

Peyton Manning looked excellent as usual against the Chargers, throwing three touchdown passes — his sixth three-touchdown performance in the Broncos’ last seven games. Manning, who headed into today’s game in a tie with Dan Marino for the second-most passing touchdowns in NFL history, now has 423 career touchdown passes, second only to Brett Favre’s 508.

As Manning continues to make his case for the league MVP award, Broncos linebacker Von Miller is making a strong case that he deserves to be considered for Defensive Player of the Year. Miller sacked Philip Rivers three times, forced him to fumble twice and also had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on a running play. A dominant presence for Denver’s D, Miller is a big part of the reason that the Broncos have a chance not just to be a good team, but a great team.

And for the rest of the season, greatness is what the Broncos will be trying to achieve. We already know they’re going to win the division, but when Manning came to town, their goals got a lot higher than that. With the division all but wrapped up, the Broncos’ attention now turns toward home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs as the Broncos attempt to march toward the Super Bowl.

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38 Responses to “Peyton Manning and the Broncos stand above the AFC West”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    Peyton kicks their butt … while 2 time Superbowl MVP Eli laughs.

  2. boltfansmith says: Nov 18, 2012 7:51 PM

    Fire Norv. New life is needed!!

  3. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    Now, everyone watch in awe of true greatness: Steeler Nation. Your rightful world champions.

  4. r8rh8r says: Nov 18, 2012 7:53 PM

    Consistently sub .500 in his career, Norval Eugene somehow manages to hold onto his job as Lead Loser of the SD Dischargers.

    Please somebody please, send me the copy of “How to be Terrible at Your Job and Remain Employed” written by Norv and published by the Spanos corporation (preface written by AJ Smith).

  5. ColfaxDenver says: Nov 18, 2012 7:54 PM

    I can’t wait for the revenge tour. Houston, NE, ATL.

  6. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 18, 2012 7:54 PM

    Do Bronco fans realize Peyton is a huge choker come the postseason? Ask Colt fans, it isn’t pretty. Or better yet, ask Tracy Porter.

  7. malvaren18 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    Where are all the Tebow fans now?

  8. ColfaxDenver says: Nov 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    Von Miller, nough said.

  9. reesyspieces says: Nov 18, 2012 7:56 PM

    Didn’t the Broncos beat you this year?

  10. cruzp23 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:56 PM

    Von Miller will be DPOY

  11. tdotbronco says: Nov 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    Steeler nation,the same team TIM TEBOW dealt with last year in the playoffs yeeeeaaah sure there kid…..manning haters and doubters,where you at….VON”THE THILLER” MILLER #MVP

  12. channingtaintum says: Nov 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    Looks like everything’s coming together for the Broncos, good luck the rest of the way.

  13. joeychargers says: Nov 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    It’s time…. Seriously. It’s not funny anymore. (Not that it ever was to us fans)

    Get a new QB, Head Coach and G.M. Seriously.

  14. jakec4 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:58 PM

    The Broncos still have the Chiefs twice and the Browns. There is three more wins right there.

    Lets wait a bit for the home field thing. Tampa will test Manning in a couple of weeks, and then they have at Baltimore on 12/16. Might be a really big game.

  15. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 18, 2012 7:58 PM

    S.D, only plays hard against Oakland SMH!!

  16. shootscuz says: Nov 18, 2012 8:04 PM

    Broncos are looking good! Von Miller defensive MVP!

  17. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Nov 18, 2012 8:04 PM

    God I can’t stand the mannings.

  18. fuglyflorio says: Nov 18, 2012 8:08 PM

    This is why Eli wouldn’t play for the Chargers. Smartest move he ever made.

  19. spdy34 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:09 PM

    Did i miss something? I just saw Rivers quit and walk away with 9 seconds left!it was a long shot but a shot is still a shot!

  20. kinger1989 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:14 PM

    Denver isnt that great they beat bad teams and play in a bad division there 3 losses are against all legit teams

  21. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Nov 18, 2012 8:23 PM

    Hi Norv it’s Peyton. Thanks for coming to Denver today. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Have a safe flight back to SoCal!
    Maybe I’ll see you next year.

  22. socalavsfan says: Nov 18, 2012 8:33 PM

    @jakec4 You are incorrect sir. Yes we can talk about a home playoff game as a division winner is guaranteed one. Nobody said Bye week.

  23. ambitoos says: Nov 18, 2012 8:33 PM

    Dear Chargers: Please leave the offensive line in Denver and make them walk home.

  24. ambitoos says: Nov 18, 2012 8:35 PM

    I’m sure glad that I’m a Laker fan.

  25. txbearmeat says: Nov 18, 2012 8:57 PM

    McGahee, tell me that injury isn’t bad!

  26. 31freezy says: Nov 18, 2012 9:37 PM

    haha nothing new, Chargers are known to make defenses look good regardless of how bad that team is. Offensive line continues to play AWFUL, this should just lose the remaining of their games to get a decent pick to pick up a 1st round OL. please FIRE AJ SMITH & NORV. With these two, forget about them even winning us a division title, because the Chargers team we saw 4 years ago is gone, the coach that was fired after a 14-2 season is gone. Yes AJ is the one to blame.

  27. rawhidewilson says: Nov 18, 2012 9:49 PM

    ColfaxDenver says:Nov 18, 2012 7:54 PM

    I can’t wait for the revenge tour. Houston, NE, ATL.

    Yea we can’t wait to see you again in Houston either, except this time you come to our house.

  28. freedomispopular says: Nov 18, 2012 9:53 PM

    Who knows, maybe we’ll see Peyton break some of Favre’s records.

  29. jr4real says: Nov 18, 2012 10:18 PM

    Maybe Peyton will get to do a few commercials out of this success!!

  30. tdrundmc says: Nov 18, 2012 10:34 PM

    The Chargers are awful. Rivers offensive line gave him no chance today and his receivers can’t get open. Antonio Gates moves like a turtle. AJ Smith deserves the blame for this mess.

  31. gogetembolts says: Nov 18, 2012 10:58 PM

    Don’t count the chargers out… u never know when that lightning gon’ strike.

  32. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Nov 18, 2012 10:59 PM

    I love to see Rivers pout! Denver better start holding on to the ball. When we start playing the real good teams it is going to cost us. Drop passes and fumbles need to stop.

  33. 2difshoe says: Nov 18, 2012 11:38 PM

    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Nov 18, 2012 7:52 PM
    Now, everyone watch in awe of true greatness: Steeler Nation. Your rightful world champions.

    ==========================================

    Steelernation….Nice game tonight !

  34. 2difshoe says: Nov 18, 2012 11:40 PM

    Peyton The ‘Man’ning !

  35. BigBeachBall says: Nov 19, 2012 8:36 AM

    The chargers are relevant now because peyton manning joined the broncos…Is that all it takes?

  36. dasmol says: Nov 19, 2012 1:16 PM

    Villa41 called it months ago. The Cahrgers have the worst OL in the NFL, or certainly one of the worst. The Chargers go how River’s goes, and Rivers goes how the line goes. And this year, the line sucks.

  37. alwaysr1ght says: Nov 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    The Broncos must win TWO playoff games to exceed Tebow’s effort.

    The Broncos must win the Superbowl for the Manning acquisition to be considered a success.

    You can’t bring Manning in to do less than
    what Tebow did last year and consider the Manning signing a success.

    They must WIN NOW. Manning is not a long term QB.

    They won’t be playing Oakland, KC, Miami, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia,
    St. Louis, Carolina, Detroit or the NY Jets in the playoffs.

    Success starts in round two of the playoffs for this team.

    The Broncos will not make it to the second round of the playoffs this season.

    Anything less THAN WINNING TWO PLAYOFF GAMES is TEBOW LAND.

    Put away the pom poms guys.

  38. alwaysr1ght says: Nov 20, 2012 10:20 AM

    Nothing matters until the Broncos win two playoff games this year if it happens.

    The rest is just cheerleading….

    Tebow took them to the second round of the payoffs last season.

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