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Peyton Manning: Broncos QB Will Continue Resurgence vs. Chargers Defense

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

The Denver Broncos may be 2-2, but don’t necessarily blame Peyton Manning. The Broncos QB has been playing lights out football in losing efforts.

Denver’s signal-caller has been a statistical maestro in his past three games, throwing for eight touchdowns and no interceptions. In his last two games versus New England and Oakland, he’s averaged a silly 75 percent completion rate.

They've had problems with slow starts, but the Broncos were going to need time to grow with Manning and his offense is still learning to gel.

Plus, their ridiculously harsh schedule has been a tough going for a team with many new parts. It showed in their first five games as well.

The Broncos fell behind by over 20 points on three separate occasions. Little did the Broncos know that those three teams may be some of the NFL’s best in San Francisco, Houston and New England.

Their ridiculously tough schedule takes an easier turn with a trip to San Diego. While the Chargers offense can put up points with the best of them, their defense has tried to stop elite quarterbacks and failed.

Most recently, Drew Brees polished off this San Diego defense with relative ease, passing for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

The Chargers will have no problem getting into a shootout, which plays to the Broncos advantage. They have the pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller to wreak havoc on the San Diego passing game.

In addition, Denver has some opportunistic corners, specifically Tracy Porter, to help win the turnover battle.

Manning can put up impressive stats, but he can’t do everything on his own to win. He’ll need a little bit of help from the defense and special teams to keep the game in range this time.

Peyton's eyes have been lighting up after he watched the San Diego defense get sliced up by Brees and Matt Ryan. Another Monday night, another classic Peyton Manning performance coming right up.

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