GALLERY: Best pictures from the Broncos win over Chargers

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos saw off the challenge of AFC West rivals San Diego Chargers with relative ease on Thursday night, winning 35-21.

Emmanuel Sanders starred for Denver as the Broncos went to 6-1 for the season with another comfortable home victory, as the San Diego Chargers struggled to cope with Peyton Manning's explosive offence.

Manning threw for 286 yards and all three touchdown passes were caught by Sanders, who had his biggest game since joining Denver this season.

The former Pittsburgh Steeler caught all nine passes that Manning threw his way on Thursday night, and finished the game with 120 yards, as he continues to improve as a Bronco.

Running-back Ronnie Hillman rushed for over 100 yards in an all-round solid display from the Denver offence yet again, and they are starting to look as unstoppable as they did 12 months ago.

San Diego (5-3) lost their second consecutive game despite quarterback Philip Rivers throwing three touchdown passes, as he wasn't given enough support from his teammates around him.

The running game never got going for the Chargers, and Rivers had to keep taking shots downfield, but was picked off twice to end any hopes of a miraculous comeback.

Here are the best pictures from the game: