Can the Chargers slow down a rampant Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offence?
Where: Qualcomm Stadium
When: 21.25 (GMT)
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San Diego coach Mike McCoy will get to see several familiar faces when Denver visits the Chargers on Sunday.
The former Broncos offensive coordinator, however, won’t see his old boss.
With John Fox recovering from heart surgery, Denver looks to keep rolling with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at the helm against a Chargers team trying to regroup from a discouraging loss.
Fox was hospitalised last Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf during the Broncos’ bye week. Two days later, he had his aortic valve replaced, an open-chest procedure which will likely cause him to miss several weeks.
The Broncos (7-1) played plenty of great football over the first half of the season.
Denver is averaging an NFL-best 42.9 points — 12.9 better than No. 2 Chicago — and is on pace to shatter the NFL record of 589 points (2007 Patriots).
Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning is also putting up eye-popping numbers. His 2,919 yards and 29 touchdown passes are on pace to break the current records of 5,476 yards (Drew Brees, 2011) and 50 TDs (Tom Brady, 2007).
Wes Welker leads Denver with 50 catches and nine touchdowns, Demaryius Thomas has a team-best 685 receiving yards followed by Eric Decker with 669, and tight end Julius Thomas has eight TD receptions.
Denver first turns its attention to a San Diego team eager to get back on the field after last Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss at Washington.
The Chargers (4-4) had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 21 seconds to go in regulation, but after an unsuccessful run and two incomplete passes, they had to settle for a game-tying field goal. They never got the ball again as the Redskins scored a touchdown on the first possession in overtime.
The Broncos won both meetings with the Chargers last season, and Manning had three touchdowns passes in each. In Denver’s last trip to San Diego, Manning rallied the Broncos from a 24-0 halftime deficit for a 35-24 victory.