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Horse Tracks 10/12/09 - The 2009 Denver Broncos are 5-0. Yesterday was not a dream.

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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: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Patriots Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Patriots Postgame: Marshall - Broncos TV
Gotta watch this just to see Rod Smith come by and yell "How bout them Broncos!"

NFL - New England Patriots 17 at Denver Broncos 20 - Box Score

DPP - Broncos improve to 5-0 with overtime thriller - Mike Klis

DPP - Orton plays his best game as a Bronco - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Analysis: Broncos defense doing its job - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Wild-horse formation or not, Moreno shows he's a stallion - Mike Klis

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 - Bests & Worsts: Broncos vs. Patriots - Lindsay Jones

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 - Broncos' defense buckles down in second half - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos are sitting pretty at 5-0 - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos notes: Royal appearance - Frank Schwab

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."

CBS - Broncos' surprising start defies expectations and then some - Lee Rasizer

DB - Hard-Fought 5-0 - Gray Caldwell

DB - Coming Through in the Clutch - Zach Eisendrath

NFL GameDay - Patriots vs. Broncos highlights - Video
Eisen, Mooch and Deion

NFLN - Sunday Sit Down: Brandon Marshall - Video, Part 1

NFLN - Sunday Sit Down: Brandon Marshall - Video, Part 2

NFL - Perfect protege: McDaniels' insight helps his new team beat old one - Vic Carucci

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."

FOX - Denver's new winning ways start with McDaniels - Alex Marvez

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."

ESPN - Orton emerges as calm, victorious leader - Bill Williamson

SN - McDaniels has Broncos playing with confidence - Clifton Brown

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."

SN - Week 5 Checkdown: Broncos, Bengals are no flukes - Vinnie Iyer

AP - Josh McDaniels Beats Mentor In OT Thriller - Eddie Pells

Patriots News

NEP - Bill Belichick Postgame Presser Audio

BG - Student uprising - Michael Vega

BG - Broncos coach McDaniels relishes special win - Theresa Smith

BG - Extra Points - New England Patriots News and Analysis

BG - Denver doldrums continue for the Patriots - Christopher Gasper

BG - Gostkowski kicking himself over field goal miss - Michael Whitmer

BG - Meriweather finds out that talk isn’t cheap - Michael Whitmer

BH - Patriots’ OT defeat proves to be chilling reminder - Ian Rapoport

BH - Matt Light injury hefty loss - Ian Rapoport

BH - Can’t spell ‘outplayed’ without ‘D’ - Ron Borges

BH - Broncos pen in Tom Brady - Lynn DeBruin

BH - Jerod Mayo makes impact in limited return - Lynn DeBruin

BH - Josh McDaniels masters Bill Belichick - Karen Guregian

BH - The best and the worst of yesterday’s game - Ron Borges

NFL Results

NFL - Dallas Cowboys 26 at Kansas City Chiefs 20

NFL - Oakland Raiders 7 at New York Giants 44

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 17 at Baltimore Ravens 14

NFL - Cleveland Browns 6 at Buffalo Bills 3

NFL - Washington Redskins 17 at Carolina Panthers 20

NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers 28 at Detroit Lions 20

NFL - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 at Philadelphia Eagles 33

NFL - Minnesota Vikings 38 at St. Louis Rams 10

NFL - Atlanta Falcons 45 at San Francisco 49ers 10

NFL - Houston Texans 21 at Arizona Cardinals 28

NFL - Jacksonville Jaguars 0 at Seattle Seahawks 41

NFL - Indianapolis Colts 31 at Tennessee Titans 9

AFC West News

KCS - Chiefs let one slip away in 26-20 OT loss to Cowboys - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs don’t have talent to pull off upset of Cowboys - Jason Whitlock

KCS - Cassel offers KC a glimpse of QB it traded for - Kent Babb

SFC - Defense simply overmatched - David White

OT - Peterson: For Raiders, it's never been so bleak

NFL Opinion

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."

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 5 - John Clayton