DENVER -- It is a spinning wheel of fortune, a fast, powerful, migraine-inducing combination of choices for opposing defensive coordinators. Because Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can drop back and pick a number, any number, and dial up touchdowns. And Thursday night, in a 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, it was wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' turn. "I feel like on any given night it can be anybody's night," Manning said.
DENVER -- Considered one of the front-runners for league MVP through the first half of the season, Philip Rivers acknowledged with his team down 21 points in the second half Thursday that he felt compelled to make something happen. "We weren't great, but I thought we moved the ball and fought like crazy to give ourselves a chance," Rivers said. "It's not a winning performance. It wasn't a terrible one." However, even elite quarterbacks need supporting casts to help elevate the play of the rest of the unit on the field.
DENVER -- A few takeaways from the Denver Broncos' locker room after the 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers: Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. had a good start to what he said would be a "great weekend" when he nabbed his second interception of the season with 13:35 to play in the second quarter. Harris' wife Leah is also scheduled to give birth to the couple's first child and was being induced late Thursday. "We were in the second half, and in first half my mind wasn't really in the game to me, and I just told Coach [John Fox] that I was going to turn up and make a play for us, and I did that.
SAN DIEGO -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the San Diego Chargers' 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos: San Diego players indicated that the team played hard against the Broncos but just did not execute during the critical moments of the game. The Chargers forced two fumbles but could not recover them. A potential recovery by Kavell Conner on a fumbled kick return by Andre Caldwell was overturned by the replay official. Eric Weddle's interception at the goal line that would have prevented a Denver touchdown was negated because of a defensive holding call on fellow safety Marcus Gilchrist.