Peyton Manning has thrown for nine TDs the past two weeks. Image courtesy of nbcsports.com
What do you get when you match up one of the worst teams against the pass in the NFL against the hottest offensive team in the league with a future Hall of Famer running the show? You get this Friday morning’s (AEST) match-up between San Diego and Denver in the thin air at Mile High. In Week 10, Peyton Manning destroyed the Chargers’ secondary throwing for 330 yards and four TDs without a pick in a 28-20 victory.
Manning has seven games this season already with four touchdowns in a game, which is an NFL single season record. The past two weeks he has sizzled in wins over Kansas City and Tennessee throwing for nine scores across those games. He’s likely to be without Wes Welker this week due to a concussion, but he still has plenty of artillery with the likes of Demaryius Thomas , Eric Decker and Julius Thomas .
Philip Rivers hasn’t quite been in Manning-esque form, but over his last five games he has thrown nine TDs and just two interceptions. Thanks to his team’s woeful efforts against the pass, though, the Chargers have won just two of those five, and it took a superhuman effort from the offence to get them home at KC in a 41-38 victory in Week 12. With injuries decimating San Diego’s receiving crew, rookie Keenan Allen has been a welcome surprise. The third round draft pick has already broken the franchise’s rookie record for receptions and could well snap up the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
A win here will clinch the AFC’s number one seeding for the postseason for Denver. San Diego is clinging to slim hopes of making the playoffs with both Baltimore and Miami ahead of the Chargers in the race for the AFC’s final wildcard spot. Last time these teams came in to a Thursday Night Football match off a four-day rest, they won. Rivers is 5-2 in Denver but the Broncos have won 13 straight at Sports Authority Field.
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