For the first time in history, the Denver Broncos have won four consecutive AFC West titles after dismantling the San Diego Chargers in a 22-10 victory on Sunday clinching the division and sweeping the Bolts.
With Peyton Manning suffering a thigh injury on a block in the second quarter, and being under the weather all weekend, Manning was able to finish the game completing 14 of 20 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. With all the adversity, there’s nothing a win over a division rival and another division title can’t cure.
“He went out there and battled,” running back C.J. Anderson said. “He battled the Chargers’ D, battled the crowd, battled the adversity and battled himself. That’s a lot of battles going on in one man’s lifetime right now. But he went out there and overcame it and helped us out with a ‘W’ today.”
The win is also the Broncos twelfth straight division win on the road which ties the San Francisco 49ers record from 1987-1990. The Broncos are also now 11-3 which ties them with the New England Patriots with the best record in the AFC. The Patriots currently hold the tie-breaker with a 43-21 win on Nov. 2.
Head coach John Fox has done an amazing job with the four seasons at the helm. He’s only the second coach in NFL history to win four division titles in a row in the first four years with a team. He also moved past Mike Shanahan for the most AFC West Division titles in a career, and is one more shy of Dan Reeves.
Linebacker Injuries continue for Broncos
LB Danny Trevathan, who has missed most of the season, re-injured the same knee that has given him issues all season. Trevathan suffered a dislocated knee cap and will miss the rest of the season as he is required to get surgery sometime this week.
Brandon Marshall has stepped in and played in relief of Trevathan all season, and actually leads the team in tackles, but he too suffered a foot sprain that is going to keep him day-to-day. The Broncos are hoping it’s nothing serious as they are very thin at linebacker. Rookies Corey Nelson, and Lamin Barrow are once again going to be asked to step in and make plays.