Even the San Diego Chargers are saying it: the Denver Broncos are playing solitaire in the AFC West now.
''We can't hang our hat on Denver doing anything from a collapsing standpoint,'' quarterback Philip Rivers said after the Chargers' 30-23 loss Sunday dropped them three games behind the Broncos, who essentially own a four-game cushion by virtue of their season sweep of San Diego.
''They're not losing four out of six, I can guarantee you that.''
The Broncos (7-3) have long made a habit of blowing big division leads in November and December, but none of those teams had the dynamite duo of Von Miller and Peyton Manning.
''They've got a great team,'' Chargers safety Eric Weddle said. ''Defense is playing great, you've got edge rushers, you don't have to blitz much, just play coverage. And you've got one of the best quarterbacks in the game playing at a high level. In fact, they're all playing ...