Horse Tracks: Denver Broncos Seeking to Lay Claim to AFC; Focus Now on the New England Patriots


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Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos show necessary mettle in win - NFL.com
The Denver Broncos vanquished the Kansas City Chiefs despite Peyton Manning's ailing ankles. Judy Battista sees that as a crucial development for a team that plans to play into February.

ReFo: Chiefs @ Broncos, Week 11 | ProFootballFocus.com
A heavyweight clash and one that didn’t disappoint. Sunday Night Football featured the previously perfect Kansas City Chiefs heading to Mile High to try and best the Denver Broncos. With Peyton Manning healthy enough to play both teams had no excuses and the intensity from first to last was what football should be about.

Broncos News & Blogs

Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson a big hit when he gets the chance - Denver Post
There is a "put me in, Coach" spunk to Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson.

Hochman: NFL concussion protocol failed Broncos' Wes Welker - Denver Post
Wes Welker's crazy legs don't stride as much as they churn, and the little guy was whirling through the Kansas City Chiefs' defense Sunday night when an opponent yanked his emergency brake.

Broncos are Top Gun in AFC with quick, not deep, aerial assault - Denver Post
What's fascinating me about the Broncos' offense — this Maverick-Goose-Jester-Iceman conglomeration of an aerial assault — is that the ball actually isn't in the air that much.

Patriots whining again, but America will be pulling for Denver Sunday - Denver Post
Lunch Special: Each weekday near noontime, a Denver Post sports writer dares to dish. In this installment, John Meyer discusses New England's history of complaining.

Elway Talks Manning-Brady XIV | DenverBroncos.com
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway talked about Peyton Manning facing off with Tom Brady this Sunday.

Sports Authority Field Best NFL Stadium? | DenverBroncos.com
Fans can vote for Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the best NFL stadium once a day up to December 16.

Three players that must step up for Broncos: Part II | Cover 32
As the Broncos head in to part two of their extremely difficult three-game stretch, we head in to part two of our ‘players who must step up’ series. Obviously the New England Patriots are a whole new team who present a whole new set of challenges for the orange and blue, which means three new players will have to take their game to the next level if they want to leave Foxboro with a 10-1 record.

Broncos-Chiefs: Week 11 Aftermath | Bronco Planet
The Broncos 27-17 victory over division rival Kansas City Chiefs showed a determined team pushing it’s way through adversity. The Denver Defense, foreshadowed by their teammates on the other side of the ball, showed up with a chip on their shoulder this week.

Broncos Down Chiefs; Patriots Await | Pro Football Central
Although the Denver Broncos were 8-point favorites against Kansas City last Sunday night, per Las Vegas sports books, their 27-17 victory against the Chiefs was gratifying to fans on many levels.

Mile High Monday: Broncos Rolling in the AFC West - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos keep taking care of business in the AFC West. Peyton Manning is now 9-0 in the division as a Bronco after beating the previously undefeated Chiefs 27-17 on Sunday Night Football.

Report: Moore had LCS symptoms long before Chiefs game - It's All Over, Fat Man!
There's apparently much more to the Rahim Moore story that we haven't heard. Here's what Vic Lombardi had to say earlier today (11/19 hour 2) on 104.3.

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots: A History Lesson - Predominantly Orange
If you think Broncos-Patriots doesn’t qualify for a legitimate NFL rivalry, then you are sorely mistaken.

Semana 11: Bola do jogo vs Chiefs " BroncosBrasil.com
Depois da vitória na semana 11 em cima do Kansas City Chiefs, o Denver Broncos controla o próprio destino na disputa pelo título da divisão. Se vencermos todos os nossos jogos, não precisamos torcer contra nenhum time para garantir inclusive a melhor campanha da conferência! Por isso chegou a hora de entregarmos uma bola do jogo bastante merecida para cada setor do time na partida do último domingo.

Broncos Media

New Facility Brings New Opportunities | DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos break ground on a new indoor fieldhouse that could attract free-agents and NFL teams to Denver to practice during training camp.

Elway on Roster Moves | DenverBroncos.com
John Elway talks about placing S Rahim Moore on short-term IR and signing veteran Michael Huff.

Mic'd Up: Julius Thomas | DenverBroncos.com
Broncos TV wired tight end Julius Thomas during Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

NFLN: Week 11Peyton Manning Highlights | DenverBroncos.com
A new twist has been added to the epic rivalry between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

NFLN: Broncos at Patriots Trailer | DenverBroncos.com
A new twist has been added to the epic rivalry between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

How the Denver Broncos are keeping Peyton Manning protected - NFL Videos
Steve Cyphers joins "Around the League Live" to discuss how the Broncos stopped the Chiefs from sacking Peyton Manning Sunday night.

Who wins, Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks? - NFL Videos
On a neutral field, who wins in a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos? Brian Baldinger and Solomon Wilcots state their case.

Denver Broncos celebrate taking division lead - NFL Videos
Denver Broncos coach Jack Del Rio thanks his team for the effort as the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs to reclaim first in the AFC West.

Broncos postgame press conference - NFL Videos
Broncos react following game with Chiefs

Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio: 'It was a hard-fought win' - NFL Videos
Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio praises his team's stout play against a dangerous Kansas City Chiefs squad.

Andy Reid: Broncos 'got us today' - NFL Videos
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid reacts to the Chiefs suffering their first loss of the season to the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

Broncos vs Chiefs Week 11 - YouTube
ThatsGoodSports covers the Denver Broncos victory over the most overrated undefeated team in NFL history the Kansas City Chiefs. (HA!)

AFC West Rival Roundup

ReFo: Chargers @ Dolphins, Week 11 | ProFootballFocus.com
With seemingly every AFC team still in the chase for a playoff spot, Sunday’s game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins had a lot on the line. Both teams came in at 4-5 with the Dolphins’ victory putting them a game up on the Chargers and five other teams that finished the week at 4-6.

Keenan Allen: San Diego Chargers Team Leader? - Bolts From The Blue
San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen was called for a penalty on Sunday for taunting a Miami Dolphins cornerback. Many Chargers fans complained about it, but I see the positives in Allen's overconfidence.

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram taken off PUP, will practice tomorrow - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers have taken Melvin Ingram off of the PUP list, starting the three-week window in which he can practice with the team without being on the roster. It's time to see if the pass rusher's knee is healthy.

ReFo: Raiders @ Texans, Week 11 | ProFootballFocus.com
In what has to go down as a major upset, the Matt McGloin-led Oakland Raiders traveled to Houston and took down the Texans, escaping with a goal line stand in the final seconds to maintain the margin of victory.

Raiders week 11 win had "perfect ending", outlined positives, negatives - Silver And Black Pride
Usually teams prefer to win in a blowout. It eases the stress levels and makes for a good night's sleep and a real confidence booster. According to Dennis Allen, that's not what he wanted to see from these Raiders.

What the AFC playoff picture means to the Kansas City Chiefs right now - Arrowhead Pride
If the Chiefs were to pick up a Wild Card spot in the playoffs ... which team would you want them to play on the road?

The KC Chiefs lost one game in Denver, not the whole season - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs lost, but a wider scope is needed to look at what happened in Denver.

Former Patriots DL Kyle Love signed by Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Kyle Love, a defensive lineman who played for the New England Patriots, has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL News & Blogs

Manning's protection; Ahmad Brooks penalty; more NFL Week 11 thoughts | The MMQB
It was a weekend of great play and controversy (and, oh yeah, crazy weather). But whether it was Denver's line stepping up or the refs speaking up for Drew Brees in two games with big playoff implications, Week 11 made it clear again: The QB is sacred.

New England Patriots-Carolina Panthers marred by officials' bad call | The MMQB
Two takeaways from Monday night's epic NFL showdown: The Carolina Panthers absolutely are for real, and the New England Patriots were the victims of a terrible call by officials. My thoughts on both, plus your mailbag questions

Rules: Breaking Down the Final Play - Pats Pulpit
This will get beaten to death. This is why the call is horrible, terrible, no good, but reasonable given the circumstances. I don't like it, but hopefully you can see why it was called.

Stop begging the officials to bail out your team - Outsports
Like the ‘controversial' no-call in the Super Bowl, the whiners want the refs to do their team's dirty work

Tom Brady screams at refs after Panthers-Patriots ends in controversy - SBNation.com
The Panthers-Patriots game featured one of the strangest endings of the year. A bad call, two pissed off quarterbacks and some embarrassed officials.

AFC West: Week 11 Good, Bad & The Ugly | Fanspeak's AFC West Blog
The Broncos’ front five were dominant in their 27-17 victory over the Chiefs. Protecting their banged-up quarter back was a focal point for them coming into the game, and Peyton Manning wasn’t knocked to the turf once the entire evening.

Panthers, Saints making noise, Broncos still on top - SBNation.com
Facing their toughest test of the season, Peyton Manning and the Broncos answered the challenge with a 10-point victory. The Seahawks may be able to capitalize on Manning's deep ball deficiencies, but there's not a lot of hope for everyone else when the league's other elite pass defense still surrendered 8.1 yards per attempt.

Seahawks rule NFC, wild card very much an open race - SBNation.com
Heading into Week 12 of the NFL Season, the NFC playoff picture is still up for grabs for the lower seeds. Watch this video so get a quick rundown of the standings and the key games coming up.

Broncos take control of AFC with win over Chiefs - SBNation.com
Heading into Week 12 of the NFL Season, the AFC playoff picture is starting to unfold. Watch this video so get a quick rundown of the standings and the key games coming up.

Power Rankings, Week 12: Chiefs, Patriots slip; Eagles rise - NFL.com
The Broncos are the clear No. 1 team at this point, thanks in no small part to their offensive line. Talk about stepping up to the plate: Not only was Peyton Manning able to step up in the pocket Sunday night, it seemed like he barely had to move against the best pass rush in the league. The Chiefs came to Denver with 36 sacks and left Denver with 36 sacks.

NFP power rankings | National Football Post
Pit Team A against Team B on a neutral field with all things being equal (days of rest, travel time, etc.) and, forced to wager a mortgage payment on the game, tell me which team you’re betting.

Another way to do team rankings | Football Perspective
The Jets lost by 40 points to the Bengals in Cincinnati; adjust for home field, and that is still a 37-point adjusted margin of victory, the best single game for the Bengals this year.

Fresh Take on Entire League Heading into Week 12 | Bleacher Report
After dominating the top spot in the weekly NFL power rankings for the past month or so, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally been dethroned.

32 Observations, Week 11 | ProFootballFocus.com
Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno has only had eight players miss tackles on him on his 150 carries. That is a rate of 0.05 players missing a tackle on him per attempt. That is the second lowest rate for those with at least 50 carries.

2013 NFL Midseason Report Card | Fanspeak NFL Blog
We are a couple weeks past the midseason point of the NFL season, but after week 11 we decided to grade all 32 NFL teams thus far this season. So we graded Offense, Defense, Special Teams and of course Overall.

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