Miller time for the high-riding Broncos

Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at...

Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

And your AFC West champion? The Denver Broncos.

At least it surely will be.

The host Broncos improved to 7-3 and dropped the second-place San Diego Chargers to 4-6 with a 30-23 victory on Sunday.

The Broncos thus swept the home-and-home with the Chargers, who seem unable to beat any team of note under beleaguered head coach Norv Turner.

While Denver quarterback Peyton Manning again had a solid day throwing, as he raised his name a little higher in a couple of spots in the NFL record book, it was his defensive teammate whose performance eclipsed all others.

Second-year pass-rush specialist Von Miller sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers three times and forced Rivers to fumble twice.

Miller now leads the NFL in sacks, with 13.

“He’s a very talented guy,” Broncos head coach John Fox said. “Last year I thought he made a big splash as a rookie … and he’s just gotten better.”

The Broncos defence held the Chargers to just 13 first downs and 277 total yards – 53 on the ground, and just 224 from Rivers.

“In this league you’re two games away from disaster,” Fox said, in cautioning about where his team sits in the AFC West.

The bad news for the Broncos is that starting running back Willis McGahee hurt his right knee. It was swollen afterward and Fox said a diagnosis was not immediately known.

Manning passed Dan Marino for second place in NFL career touchdown passes thrown, with his 421st, and is now tied with John Elway in second place for most regular-season victories by an NFL quarterback, with 148.

 


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