Offensive analysis -- After rushing five times for 17 yards in three games leading up to the Denver game, Ronnie Brown totalled a season-high nine rushes for 36 yards. ... After missing five games with a toe injury, Chad Rinehart saw 31 snaps at right guard as a reserve offensive lineman. ... Philip Rivers was 5 of 10 for 76 yards, posting a 75.4 passer rating on third down. ... Johnnie Troutman leads the team with six accepted penalties for 30 yards, all on false starts.
Defensive analysis: Tourek Williams played a season-high 46 snaps against the Broncos, finishing with two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. ... In his first game back after missing three games with a groin injury, Donald Butler played all 60 snaps, finishing with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. ... Peyton Manning finished 12 of 15 for 172 yards and three touchdown passes on first down. ... Looking for a barometer for how physical Derek Cox is playing? He has just one penalty this season in nine games, a pass interference penalty against Washington two weeks ago.