Broncos vs. Chargers: Peyton Manning's Struggles vs Chargers Will Help in Week 6

Jennifer EakinsContributor IOctober 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Historically, the San Diego Chargers has been somewhat like kryptonite for Peyton Manning.

Through the course of his storied career, with all his success and achievements, the Chargers seem to just have Peyton's number.

In Manning's seven career games against San Diego, he has a passer rating of 72.5, a figure way below his career rating of 95.1. He has also thrown more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (12) when facing the Chargers since his NFL career began in 1998.

This Monday night, Manning will meet the Chargers once again, but this time as a member of the Denver Broncos.

But this game has much more significance for the men wearing orange and blue than for his past employer, the Indianapolis Colts.

As division rivals, Denver and San Diego meet twice a season to potentially battle for the top of the AFC West. Beating the Chargers is a priority for Denver, and a necessity in order to make a playoff run.

Bringing in Peyton Manning was a way to give Denver the edge needed to handle division rivals like the Chargers. With the exception of one quarter against the Falcons, Manning has held up to his end of the bargain.

Unfortunately for Denver, this is has not been the case on both sides of the ball. The defense has struggled to stay off the field and has given up way too many 3rd-and-long conversions.

If the Broncos are going to come out victorious on Monday night, the defense will need to make more key plays and give Manning a chance to squash his previous struggles against the Chargers.

This game is a great opportunity for Denver to come together as a team, rally around their new quarterback, build momentum and get their season back on track.

With a 2-3 record and a bye week coming up after Monday's game, a victory against the Chargers is imperative for this Broncos squad moving ahead. A win would place them tied with San Diego at the top of the AFC West—a loss leaves Denver two games back.

After letting their new signal caller down in previous weeks, both the offense and defense are going to want to give their best effort on the field to show Peyton Manning that he made a sound decision coming to Denver.

A win against the Chargers would not only aid in quelling bad memories for Peyton, but would also help create a cohesive Bronco squad moving forward.