Postgame notes from Denver

DENVER -- San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman said the difference between the Chargers and the Broncos is that the Chargers “apply ourselves better when the pressure is on than they do.”

McDaniels said he isn’t sure how long safety Brian Dawkins will be out with a neck injury. He was hurt in the first half and he did not return. The Broncos host the Giants on Thursday.

Denver was penalized nine times for 65 yards. San Diego was penalized one time for 15 yards.

Denver had zero quarterback hits. Denver had five sacks against San Diego last month.

Denver Josh McDaniels said the reason why No 18 overall pick Robert Ayers was inactive was due to a coach’s decision.

Denver tight end Tony Scheffler had six catches for 101 yards against the Chargers last month. Sunday, he barely played and had one catch.