San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

Robert Ayers and the Denver Broncos’ defense shielded Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers from victory last week. They get Philip Rivers this week; the Chargers’ quarterback has 40 turnovers in his last 25 games. Enlarge photo

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Robert Ayers and the Denver Broncos’ defense shielded Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers from victory last week. They get Philip Rivers this week; the Chargers’ quarterback has 40 turnovers in his last 25 games.

Time: 2:25 p.m. today, KCNC, KREZ, KRSJ 100.5 FM

Opening Line: Broncos by 7

Record vs. Spread: San Diego 4-5; Denver 6-3

Series Record: Broncos lead 56-48-1

AP Pro32 Ranking: Chargers (4-5) No. 19; Broncos (6-3) No. 5

Last Meeting: Broncos beat Chargers 35-24, Oct. 15

Last Week: Chargers lost to Buccaneers 34-24; Broncos beat Panthers 36-14

Chargers Offense: Overall (22), rush (18), pass (16)

Chargers Defense: Overall (7), rush (2), pass (17)

Broncos Offense: Overall (3), rush (22), pass (3)

Broncos Defense: Overall (6), rush (T10), pass (11)

Streaks, Stats & Notes

Broncos QB Peyton Manning needs a win to tie John Elway for second in all-time victories for starting quarterbacks with 148.

Chargers have won three in a row and five of the last six at Denver.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is 3-for-4 on 100-yard rushing games in his career against the Broncos.

In a 35-24 win over the Chargers in October, the Broncos became the first team in NFL history to trail by at least 24 and win by double digits.

With a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown, Broncos returner Trindon Holliday became the third player in franchise history to score on a kickoff and a punt return in the same season.

Former Broncos WR Eddie Royal returns to Denver. In his first meeting against the Broncos, he had two catches for 22 yards.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates needs one touchdown reception to tie Lance Alworth for the most in team history (81).

Linebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut today after the Broncos put him on their 53-man roster Saturday.

Von Miller and Kevin Vickerson are appealing fines they said they received from the NFL for hits on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton last weekend.

Associated Press

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