Broncos Links - Horse Tracks - Still hungover edition

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It's been 36 hours since the final whistle was blown, and I'm still sunk following the loss. I hope to never see that lack of effort from a Broncos team again.

The Hangover

Don't overreact to this Broncos loss
The common sentiment after the Chargers' road victory over the Broncos is it is the biggest upset of the 2013 NFL season.

Fox: Sky Not Falling
After losing to the Chargers, Head Coach John Fox says the sky is not falling. Watch to see what else he said about the team moving forward.

Broncos bests/worsts vs. Chargers: Weaknesses ID'd; running game stumbles
The best and worst from the Broncos' 27-20 loss to San Diego in Denver.

Andre Caldwell quick to catch up - The Denver Post
Andre Caldwell was on the field for more than half the Broncos' offensive plays, getting reps that would have otherwise gone to Welker.

Terrance Knighton: Force Up Front
Terrance Knighton, the most experienced defensive tackle on the active roster, is leading the way by sharing his knowledge and experience.

Broncos seek answers to mistakes in Chargers loss
"It's going to sting for a couple of days, but it's the NFL, and we have to continue to move on," middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard said.

Hochman: Will the real Champ Bailey please stand up - The Denver Post
Yes, Champ Bailey will return to the Broncos' secondary at some point, maybe as soon as the next game, but he won't be wearing a superhero's cape.

Webster undergoes surgery, to miss one game

Broncos' Kayvon Webster to miss 1 game after surgery; Von Miller fined - The Denver Post
Broncos coaches are looking further down the depth chart to find help for the secondary.

Kayvon Webster of Denver Broncos undergoes thumb surgery - ESPN
In a season that has been filled with the juggling of defensive personnel because of injuries, the Denver Broncos have another to deal with after rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster underwent surgery for a fractured right thumb on Friday.

Team Still Confident in Injured Webster
Kayvon Webster suffered a fractured thumb in the loss to San Diego. His teammates know when he returns he can step up to the challenge.

Patriots and Playoffs

Patriots give Broncos’ loss the silent treatment - Sports - The Boston Globe
Denver’s home loss to San Diego on Thursday night has opened the door for the Patriots to potentially grab the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, but tread lightly when asking Bill Belichick or any of his players about the opportunity the team has now been given. If the Patriots beat the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, they’ll join Denver with the best record in the AFC at 11-3. By virtue of their 34-31 win over the Broncos on Nov. 24, the Patriots hold the head-to-head tiebreak. Three wins in their final three games, then, would guarantee the Patriots the AFC’s top playoff seed, and homefield advantage until the Super Bowl, no matter what the Broncos do. So the Patriots control their playoff fate.

You Got Served: How many times have the Pats been screwed by the refs this year? - It's All Over, Fat Man!
In the playoffs, eventually, the bill is going to come due, and they’ll be exposed.

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