Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/3/12

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Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

One Step Closer
The 2012 AFC West champs believe they are only getting started.

Run D Answers the Call
The Broncos defense accomplished its main priority against the Buccaneers: stopping running back Doug Martin.

Unrein Shows Off Hands
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, lined up as a fullback in the Broncos' goal line package, hauled in his first career reception in the end zone.

Thomas Shines vs. Tampa Bay
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas showed that the chemistry he has developed with quarterback Peyton Manning means that even with good coverage, the two can connect.

Recap: 31-23 Win Clinches AFC West
A 21-point third quarter helped Denver defeat Tampa Bay and earn a division crown.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos vs. Buccaneers: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about the Broncos' victory over the Buccaneers that clinched the AFC West Title.

Broncos vs. Buccaneers: Manning
Peyton Manning talks about Sunday's division clinching win.

Sounds from the Locker Room
Players react following Sunday's AFC West division clinching win.

EXCLUSIVE: Locker Room Celebration
Go inside the locker room immediately following Sunday's division clinching win.

BTV Highlights: Broncos vs. Buccaneers
Pregame audio and field level action from Sunday's win.

Broncos Clinch AFC West - ESPN Video - ESPN
Peyton Manning threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos over the Buccaneers 31-23.

Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Broncos Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Broncos' 31-23 win over the Buccaneers

Browns Capture First Road Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
Brandon Weeden passes for 364 yards in Browns' 20-17 win over Raiders.

Sunday Blitz: Browns-Raiders Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Browns' 20-17 win over the Raiders

Sunday Blitz: Bengals-Chargers Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Bengals' 20-13 win over the Chargers

Bengals Win Fourth Straight - ESPN Video - ESPN
Philip Rivers' two turnovers in final four minutes secure Bengals' 20-13 win over Chargers.

Sunday Blitz: Panthers-Chiefs Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Chiefs' 27-21 win over the Panthers

Romeo Crennel Emotional After Chiefs' Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
In wake of tragedy, Chiefs top Panthers, 27-21.

Steelers Slip By Ravens - ESPN Video - ESPN
Shaun Suisham connected on a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Steelers a 23-20 win over the Ravens.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Von Miller boosts reputation with first career INT and TD for Broncos - The Denver Post
Here's a scary thought for NFL quarterbacks, running backs and defensive coordinators: Von Miller remains a work in progress.

What they said: Broncos the real deal heading toward NFL playoffs - The Denver Post
The Denver Broncos ran away from Tampa Bay on Sunday for a 31-23 victory. Here's what players and coaches said after the game.

Broncos beat Buccaneers, clinch AFC West | ProFootballTalk
For the second straight year, the Denver Broncos have won the AFC West. But this year feels a whole lot different.

Bests and worsts from the Broncos win over the Bucs - The Denver Post
Using speed and muscle, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas dominated Tampa Bay's DBs. Thomas finished with eight catches for 99 yards and two TDs.

Broncos great Armstrong and former college roommate Stingley - Terry Frei
My story on former Bronco and long-time Centennial resident Otis Armstrong is in the Sunday paper

Fennelly: Josh Freeman's mediocre day too much for Buccaneers to overcome - The Denver Post
The Bucs are now a .500 football team. And, in the way of the NFL, Josh Freeman is a .500 quarterback.

Third quarter doomed Buccaneers' chances vs. Broncos - The Denver Post
Buccaneers first-year coach Greg Schiano is all about the bottom line, and his explanation of Sunday's loss to the Broncos leads back to the game-changing play by the Broncos' Mitch Unrein and Von Miller

Broncos' Robert Ayers wishes team well; Fox gives day off - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers, who spent the week helping his family in the wake of his father's death, took to Twitter following the Broncos win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

Some Broncos players feel sympathy for Tim Tebow - CBSSports.com
-One Broncos player was asked about Tim Tebow and his thoughts seem to be shared by others on the team I spoke to: Tim Tebow was always in over his head playing NFL quarterback, it's showing now, and he feels sorry for the former Bronco.

Denver Broncos' third-quarter outburst rooted in versatility - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
John Lynch has seen it, lived it, shaken his head at it.

Mitch Unrein scores improbable TD in Broncos lineup switcheroo - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Call Mitch Unrein the Eaton Eliminator. The Ham with Hands. The Cowboy Kid.

Broncos roundup: Trindon Holliday big again in beating Bucs - The Denver Post
A common denominator to the Broncos' three offensive touchdown drives Sunday? They all started with quality punt returns by Trindon Holliday.

Mark Kiszla: Mile High now Peyton Manning's house in Denver - The Denver Post
Here's reason No. 150 why Peyton Manning is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Back in the day, Moses parted the Red Sea. But only Manning can stop the wave in his home stadium.

Broncos clinch AFC West with win over Tampa Bay; Manning throws 3 TDs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
As prizes go, the AFC West title for the Broncos is like a stocking stuffer for a 16-year-old who just got his driver's license.

Rapid Reaction: Broncos 31, Buccaneers 23 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at a playoff-clinching victory for the Denver Broncos.

Broncos take first step into larger world - AFC West Blog - ESPN
This is why the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs defeat Panthers on emotional day in K.C.
Against the backdrop an unthinkable tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs gave themselves a reason to be proud Sunday - and perhaps the impetus to let the healing begin.

Brady Quinn’s poignant comments on relationships | ProFootballTalk
A bizarre, surreal, and tragic NFL weekend carried with it a very unexpected silver lining.

Philip Rivers' INT seals another San Diego Chargers loss - NFL.com
The final, final nail in the Norv Turner-era San Diego Chargers' coffin was an appropriate one. Philip Rivers threw an interception in the end zone on fourth down

Crennel on win: "It takes our minds off our misery" | ProFootballTalk
Beating the Panthers will be a temporary relief for the Chiefs.

Crennel: "I wasn’t able to reach the young man" | ProFootballTalk
To cap an emotional and informative opening segment to Football Night in America, Peter King of Sports Illustrated supplied some new details regarding Saturday’s tragic events in Kansas City.

Wrap-up: Chiefs 27, Panthers 21 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at an emotional win for the Kansas City Chiefs.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Browns snap road losing streak in victory over Raiders
Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and a touchdown and the Cleveland Browns did just enough to snap a 12-game road losing streak by beating the Oakland Raiders 20-17 on Sunday.

The Browns have themselves a winning streak | ProFootballTalk
Entering Sunday, the Browns had not won games in consecutive weeks since the second and third weeks of the 2011 season.

Dennis Allen away from team until Wednesday to be with sick father | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders took it on the chin again on Sunday in a 20-17 loss to the Browns and they now have to turn around to play the streaking Broncos on Thursday night.

Mark Davis to Dennis Allen: It’s not good enough | ProFootballTalk
Raiders owner Mark Davis went public with his frustrations about the state of the team last month, but he made sure that coach Dennis Allen got a full airing of his concerns on the flight home from last week’s loss to Cincinnati.

Wrap-up: Browns 20, Raiders 17 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Raiders’ fifth straight loss, 20-17 to the Browns:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals top Chargers for fourth-straight win
All Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals had to do was bide their time against the San Diego Chargers.

Wholesale changes in San Diego? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday morning that San Diego general manager A.J. Smith and Norv Turner’s futures are likely connected.

Wrap-Up: Bengals 20, Chargers 13 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 20-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

NFL News

Patriots, Broncos, Falcons, Texans clinch playoffs, Ravens do not | ProFootballTalk
Heading into Sunday, five NFL teams had a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Four of them succeeded.

This week it’s the Texans getting ripped off by the refs | ProFootballTalk
Last week, the Texans were given a gift touchdown against the Lions, when the officials wrongly ruled that Justin Forsett had run for an 81-yard score when he had actually gone down after just eight yards. This time, it’s the Texans’ turn to get ripped off by incompetent officials.

Miscellaneous

Ndamukong Suh's dance upsets Colts' Mike McGlynn - NFL.com
It wouldn't be a Detroit Lions game without a fresh story of someone being upset with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Cowboys, Chargers offer most ideal potential coach openings - NFL.com
Black Friday has already come and gone, but Black Monday is still ahead of us.

NFL Front Office Management – Elements of team building 2 | TheFootballEducator.com
Two teams that come to mind are the Patriots (again) and Eagles. The Patriots have ended up with a plethora of picks more times than not in the Belichick era, while the Eagles have done the same in the Andy Reid era.

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