NFL Week 15: Best Twitter Previews of San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

Zach GillilandFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

Peyton Manning will go for the single-season passing touchdown record Thursday night.
Peyton Manning will go for the single-season passing touchdown record Thursday night.Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Thursday night, the San Diego Chargers will take on the Denver Broncos in an AFC West showdown. Twitter helped preview the game storylines which include: Peyton's shot at a NFL record, playoff implications and injury updates.

The biggest storyline surrounding this game is Peyton Manning's shot at breaking a NFL record. He sits at 45 touchdown passes right now, and he needs five to tie Tom Brady's single-season record set in 2007.

While that is an important record, Gray Caldwell captured the sentiment with this tweet that Peyton Manning only cares about one record: the win-loss record.

There are also playoff implications in Thursday night's game. Herm Edwards of ESPN thinks the Chargers can make the final wildcard spot in the AFC.

Mike Sando of ESPN also gives a great stat, strengthening the argument for the Chargers during the season's final month.

Manning and the Broncos will have to win without two key players though. USA Today's Lindsay Jones shares that Wes Welker and Derek Wolfe will miss the game.

This game will be all Denver. This makes sense because Peyton Manning has the opportunity to break the record with six touchdowns tonight, so the Broncos will come out throwing the ball.

The Chargers also have the 28th ranked passing defense in the NFL, which should allow Manning to have his way through the air.

Having Wes Welker out is a loss, but with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas the Broncos will not miss a beat.

A loss for the Chargers tonight would put them at 6-8 for the season. They would be fighting for that final wild card spot with Baltimore and Miami, but they would still have a shot at getting in the playoffs. The team has two home showdowns with Oakland and Kansas City in the following weeks, and could very well win both of those games with them being at home.

Thursday night's game will give the Broncos the validation from the media that they are in fact the best team in the AFC. The Chargers moving forward will need to rebound quickly from this loss and find a way to win the next couple of games.

As for Peyton's record, I don't expect him to get to 50 Thursday night. He probably will have to break that record in the next game, but this storyline is one that will interest fans from all over the NFL.

The Broncos will take this game 38-17 and show the NFL fans questioning them after the Patriots loss that they are the best team in the AFC.