Broncos bringing a lot to the dance
DENVER — Passing by Peyton. Dancing by Von.
On the day Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns and drew even with John Elway in career wins, Broncos linebacker Von Miller stole the show — not only with the three sacks and two forced fumbles to rattle Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, but with an ever-evolving sack dance.
"You've got to show some excitement when you make a play," Miller said after a victory that gave Denver a three-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West. "It's hard enough as it is out there."
The Broncos won their fifth straight game and handed the rapidly fading Chargers their fifth loss in six games.
"They're not losing four of six, I can guarantee you that," Rivers said of the Broncos, in essence conceding the division race.
Manning tied Elway with 148 career regular-season victories, second on the all-time list of starting quarterbacks, with Brett Favre still 38 wins ahead.
And Miller? He leads the league in sacks with 13, after jumping ahead of Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who had one in Houston's win over Jacksonville on Sunday to reach 111/2 for the year.
Miller celebrated his first sack with two somersaults, then by getting up and doing jumping jacks with his arms bent at the elbow while he moved to the imaginary music. He said he was inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog, a character in a video game.