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Halftime: Denver 17, San Diego 7

DENVER -- Halftime thoughts from where the Denver Broncos lead the San Diego Chargers, 17-7.

  • Last month, the Broncos scored the final 35 points to beat the Chargers 35-24. The Chargers led 7-0 but the Broncos scored the rest of the points of the half.

  • Denver’s offense started slow, but it has started to pick it up, while its defense has been terrific and San Diego's offense has been anemic. San Diego has two first downs and is just 0-for-7 on third down.

  • Quarterback Peyton Manning is now in second place on the NFL's all-time passing list with 421 touchdown passes. He was tied with Dan Marino but pushed past Marino when he threw a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the corner of the end zone. It was originally ruled incomplete, but Denver challenged the call and won.

  • San Diego’s score came on a deflected pass that was brought back for a short interception return for a score by safety Eric Weddle, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. That’s a skill.

  • The Chargers had a punt blocked for the second straight game. It was Denver’s first blocked punt in five years. The last time was against San Diego as well.

  • Broncos’ running back Willis McGahee is questionable to return with a knee injury. Chargers’ cornerback Quentin Jammer (calf) is questionable to return, and linebacker Larry English (leg) is out.

  • Denver linebacker D.J. Williams has played some. His nine-game NFL suspension ended last week.

  • San Diego's first-round pick, linebacker Melvin Ingram, is having a nice game.