Horse Tracks 11/23/09 - Chargers dominate Broncos, take over first place; Raiders & Chiefs pull off big upsets

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Good Morning, MHR Friends. Try to keep your chins up; obviously things are not very good right now, but the Broncos still control their own destiny. While they wouldn't be in the playoffs if the season were to end today, they're still 6-4 and a victory Thursday would be a huge lift. I was unable to see yesterday's game, so I obviously can't say anything about how they played or the coaching decisions. Personally, I am surprised by how far and quickly the Broncos have fallen; while we knew they weren't loaded with deep talent, they didn't make a lot of mistakes through six games. I knew they would lose some games, but I never foresaw those defeats arriving in an avalanche of turnovers, penalties and poor discipline. Obviously, my prediction that Denver would hold a 3-game lead today in the AFC West couldn't have been farther from the truth. Let's just hope Kyle's ankle continues to heal and we show up on Thursday night.

NFL - San Diego Chargers 32 at Denver Broncos 3 - Box Score

NFL - Chargers 32, Broncos 3 - Video highlights with radio calls

DB - Chargers Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

DB - Chargers Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DPP - Broncos lose hold on lead in AFC West - Mike Klis

CSG - Broncos should learn from Chargers' ability to rebound - David Ramsey
"There were guys on the sideline who weren’t angry, who didn’t have a lot of emotion," Marshall said. "They need to look themselves in the mirror."

NYT - N.F.L. to Shift in Its Handling of Concussions - Alan Schwarz

DB - Chargers Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Mistakes Prove Costly - Gray Caldwell

DB - Courage Under Center - Zach Eisendrath

NFL GameDay - Chargers vs. Broncos highlights - Video

DPP - Analysis: Rivers-led Chargers run through Denver defense - Jeff Legwold
"In four career starts at Invesco Field at Mile High, Rivers is now 3-1 and has been sacked a grand total of two times in those four games."

DPP - Rivers in protective custody as line holds Denver in check - Mike Chambers

DPP - Tempers flare on Broncos' sideline - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Broncos perfecting the fade route - Jim Armstrong
"The Broncos have become the NFL's premier flash-and-crash franchise."

DPP - They've come undone - Mark Kiszla
"We lost composure, and that's probably what's so disheartening about this loss," said veteran Broncos defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday. "The mental and psychological part of it, the letdown, the breakdown."

DPP - Cheers to jeers to howls - Woody Paige
"Chris Simms is a bust as a quarterback. Everybody found out he, and I, were wrong."

DPP - No. 7: Broncos need to roll with the tide - John Elway

CSG - Simms start questioned as Chargers pound Broncos - Frank Schwab

CSG - Moreno, Marshall have words - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos breakdown vs. Chargers - Frank Schwab

SI - San Chargers leaving Denver Broncos behind in AFC West - Don Banks

Y! - Broncos go from NFL darlings to disaster - Mike Silver
"Things got so bad early in the fourth quarter of a 32-3 defeat to the Chargers that in the Broncos’ defensive huddle, veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday(notes) felt compelled to call out the quitters in his midst. "Listen," Holliday said, "we’re gonna watch this film [Monday], and we’re gonna see who lay down and who stepped up. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. And then we’ll know who we can go to war with to fight our way out of this.""

NFL - Chargers hoping latest surge powers them into February - Vic Carucci

FH - Chargers Nearly Drive Broncos to Blows - Nancy Gay

ESPN - History regurgitated: Denver's done - Gene Wojciechowski

FOX - Chargers still going up, Broncos still heading down - Alex Marvez

ESPN - Broncos' bravado doesn't work this time - Bill Williamson

FH - Orton's Return Opens NFL's Stretch Run - Dave Goldberg

AP - Denver Broncos Lose 4th Straight, Division Lead - Arnie Stapleton

Chargers News

SDUT - Chargers win fifth in a row, alone in first place - Kevin Acee

SDUT - McDaniels' trash talk laid to waste - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Turnovers truly tasty for defense - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - Complete-game victory achieved - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Blindsided, kick and talk both backfire - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - This time, Rivers not faced with mad rush - Tim Sullivan

SDUT - Grading the Chargers - Tim Sullivan

NCT - Bolts beat Broncos, take command of AFC West - Scott Bair

NCT - Win puts Bolts in charge of division - Jay Paris

NCT - Defense steps up in red zone - Scott Bair

NCT - Report card - Jay Paris

NCT - O-line gets job done against Broncos - Scott Bair

Giants News

NYT - Giants Win in Overtime to End Losing Streak at Four - Joe LaPointe

NYT - Giants Open Thread: A Win, but What About the Defense? - Ernie Palladino

FH - Despite Win, Giants Are Still in Trouble - Dan Graziano

NYDN - Eli Manning keeps New York Giants' season alive with OT win over Atlanta Falcons - Tim Smith

NYDN - New York Giants almost give away another before beating Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-31 - Ralph Vacchiano

NYDN - Hurt Antonio Pierce says he can play with New York Giants despite doctors orders to sit out - Matt Gagne

NYDN - After bye week, TE Kevin Boss catches two score for New York Giants - Kristie Ackert

NYDN - Lawrence Tynes keep cool, boots OT field goal for New York Giants - Ralph Vacchiano

NFL Results

NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 at Kansas City Chiefs 27

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 17 at Oakland Raiders 20

NFL - Indianapolis Colts 17 at Baltimore Ravens 15

NFL - Washington Redskins 6 at Dallas Cowboys 7

NFL - Cleveland Browns 37 at Detroit Lions 38

NFL - San Francisco 49ers 24 at Green Bay Packers 30

NFL - Buffalo Bills 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars 18

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 9 at Minnesota Vikings 35

NFL - Atlanta Falcons 31 at New York Giants 34

NFL - New Orleans Saints 38 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7

NFL - Arizona Cardinals 21 at St. Louis Rams 13

NFL - New York Jets 14 at New England Patriots 31

NFL - Philadelphia Eagles 24 at Chicago Bears 20

AFC West News

SFC - A quarterback change they can believe in - David White

SFC - Gradkowski has energy Raiders need - Scott Ostler

OT - Bruce Gradkowski gives boost to Raiders' QB situation - Monte Poole

OT - Raiders defense finally gets some help from the offense - Jerry McDonald

OT - Raiders dedicated win to lost teammate Marquis Cooper - Steve Corkran

KCS - Chiefs get much-needed 27-24 overtime victory against Steelers - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs coach Haley shows how far he’s come - Jason Whitlock

KCS - Charles delivers big plays for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

KCS - Cassel comes through under pressure again for Chiefs - Kent Babb

KCS - Studebaker makes the most of his first start for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs notebook | Roethlisberger knocked out - Adam Teicher

NFL News

NFL - Packers waiting for information on injuries to Kampman, Harris

NFL - Redskins' Betts, Rinehart severely injured; Portis already ruled out

NFL - Bills RB Lynch injures shoulder, C Wood breaks leg vs. Jaguars

NFL Opinion

SI - Steelers, Ravens stumble to set up must-win game - Don Banks

NFL - AFC North leaders suffer humiliating losses to AFC West doormats - Bucky Brooks

SI - Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel lead way in NFL Week 11 - Peter King

SN - Week 11 Checkdown: Saints, Colts no longer the NFL's best teams - Vinnie Iyer

NFL - Playoff picture muddied further with loss by Ravens, other hopefuls - Steve Wyche

Y! - Stafford, Quinn provide shine for tarnished clubs - Charles Robinson

CBS - Week 11 Judgements: Time to stow AFC North's anointing oil - Clark Judge

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 11 - John Clayton

NYT - Week 11 in Quotations: The Good, the Bad and the Hard to Believe - Andrew Das

CBS - What Welker lacks in size, he makes up for in toughness - Pete Prisco

SN - Colts underrated despite unblemished record - Clifton Brown

PFW - Lowly Bills thinking big for 2010

SN - Bears' Cutler proving inadequate in prime time - Vinnie Iyer

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