Broncos vs. Chargers: Should Peyton Manning Be Weary of the Chargers in Week 11?

Josh HousmanCorrespondent INovember 16, 2012

Peyton Manning has made the Broncos Super Bowl contenders this season
Peyton Manning has made the Broncos Super Bowl contenders this seasonStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Peyton Manning is having a throw-back MVP type season.

He has led the Denver Broncos to a 6-3 record to start the season and has made them one of the most efficient offenses in the league. 

Manning has thrown 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions and leads the NFL in passer rating with 108.

He has elevated the play of receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas who are now among the league leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns. 

All of this plus strong defensive play should mean that the Broncos, who have won five of their last six games, shouldn't have any problem with the 4-5 San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon, right? 

Wrong. Sunday in Denver could become a trap game for the Broncos and Peyton Manning.

The Chargers were 3-2 before welcoming the Broncos into San Diego and losing a 24-0 lead at halftime to eventually lose 35-24 to Peyton Manning's Broncos. 

San Diego will come out looking for revenge this Sunday and if Peyton Manning's boys are looking ahead to harder games down the road, they could get hit hard early. The Chargers clearly can play with the Broncos as they held them scoreless for an entire half. 

Manning should be weary of this Chargers defense, with safeties Atari Bigby and Eric Weddle roaming the secondary.

They are two very hard hitting defensive backs who also have good ball skills and can intercept a poorly thrown pass. 

Also, corner back Quentin Jammer, who has cooled down a bit since recording back-to-back interception games earlier in the season, is always a dangerous play-maker and will probably be covering Manning's leading receiver in Thomas. 

Takeo Spikes may be old, but he is a savvy veteran in a young front seven and can do wonders to quarterback the defense. 

If they take the game seriously from the opening snap until the final play, the Broncos have the stability and quarterback in Peyton Manning to run over the Chargers like they did in the second half of their first game.

If not, they could find themselves with another big halftime deficit and may not be able to overcome it this time.