That was a "Wow" win and an eye-opener, even for me. There were so many points during yesterday's game at which prior Broncos teams would have folded. After those ST penalties, after letting Brady get the ball back late in the 4th quarter of a tied game, after trailing by 10 points at halftime - those were all moments where I thought the Broncos were toast. But this team is different. They are the best-coached Broncos team I have ever seen. No, of course they don't have the talent of the '97 and '98 teams; but this team is so well-prepared and they get better after halftime, every week. Mike Nolan's defense has allowed 7 second-half points all year - the late TD to Cincy. That's it. Anyone want to tell me Kyle Orton doesn't have what it takes? Guy is 5-0 with a 97.4 QB rating. The glove came off yesterday, and how many throws did you see him miss yesterday? Folks, the Denver Broncos are 5-0 with a 2.5-game lead in the division. A win next Monday in San Diego would basically be a 4-game lead...
DB - Patriots Postgame: Report - Broncos TV
This guy BDawk - you think he's got enough energy and enthusiasm?
NFL - Broncos 20, Patriots 17 - Video Highlights
Highlights with radio calls. I'm going to watch this about 15 times today...
DB - Patriots Postgame: Marshall - Broncos TV
Gotta watch this just to see Rod Smith come by and yell "How bout them Broncos!"
DPP - Briefs: Prater's winner an icebreaker in young NFL career
Tony Scheffler injured his back or hip yesterday and did not play much in the second half; Brandon Stokley saw limited snaps.
DPP - Kiszla: Marshall learned scoring move from Rod Smith
"It's so crazy, and I'm going to make sure I remind him of this," Smith said. "That touchdown (Marshall) scored, the way he came off the ball at the snap, the way he stopped on the route, is the exact same thing me and him worked on while he was suspended, when nobody was looking."
DPP - Paige: Broncos fashion way to sock Pats
"In the postgame news conference, the first utterance by McDaniels was to address some idiot. "You picked us to win four, didn't you?" That idiot would be me. I was wrong."
CSG - McDaniels giving himself, fans of Broncos a reason to smile - David Ramsey
"What nearly all of us missed was McDaniels expertise as a football architect. And I’m at the front of the line of the oblivious observers."
NFL GameDay - Patriots vs. Broncos highlights - Video
Eisen, Mooch and Deion
SI - Kyle Orton, Josh McDaniels making believers out of Broncos, NFL fans - Peter King
"Kyle Orton is good. Josh McDaniels is a genius. A pretty emotional one, as it turns out."
ESPN - McDaniels, Broncos mile-high after win - Gene Wojciechowski
"Unlike the great Eric Mangini-Belichick cold-shoulder-fest, it seems the Patriots (and Belichick) still have a soft spot for McDaniels. If not, they deserve acting awards for the way they greeted him at the team buses."
Y! - McDaniels offers refreshing show of enthusiasm - Charles Robinson
"And Kyle Orton? His numbers through five games, factored along with the undefeated start, have to put him in the league’s top 10 quarterback conversation. Unthinkable, but true."
AFC West News
SI - The surprising Bengals, Ravens' problems, more - Don Banks
"All of us who smugly predicted gloom and doom in Denver this season owe the Broncos and rookie head coach Josh McDaniels a super-sized mea culpa. That was a belief-inducing win over the Patriots on Sunday, and if there are any Broncos doubters at this point, they're a rapidly dwindling group."
NFP - Sunday rewind: Week 5 - Matt Bowen
"If you didn’t believe in this Broncos team before, now is a good time to start."
CBS - Week 5 Judgements: Look no further because McNabb's the man - Clark Judge
"It's a one-game season, with the Chargers absolutely, positively having to win next Monday's showdown with Denver at the Q. If they don't, the AFC West race ... if you want to call it that ... is over."