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Horse Tracks 10/20/09 - Broncos head into bye at 6-0 after defeating San Diego; Time to start thinking big

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GOOD MORNING, MHR Friends! Well, that's it. No more sneaking up on people. Everyone knows about the Denver Broncos now. Next comes a week off for the nicked-up players to heal; BDawk, Haggan and Fields most notably. I'd been waiting 13 months to see a game like this from Eddie Royal. No, not the zero catch-effort some moronic writer asked McDaniels after the game, but of course the two TD returns. Best part? They didn't require anything miraculous from Eddie - just speed and making the proper read. In other words, those results are repeatable. But it wasn't just Eddie last night - think of all the guys who made huge plays: Scheffler, Orton, BMarsh, Doom, D.J., Stokes, clutch conversions by Moreno & Buck, saving tackles from Champ; not to mention the spectacular blocking on ST and the O-Line. That's what makes this team great (there, I said it). Everyone contributes, everyone makes big, important plays. The Broncos are 6-0 and they have still yet to play anything close to a perfect game (although I think Orton is getting close). Suddenly, there are no "automatic" losses on the calendar; remember how the schedule makers had given the Broncos no chance in '09? It's time to start thinking big, folks (it's okay, we're just fans); like first-round bye big and beyond...

NFL - Broncos 34, Chargers 23 - Video clips with radio calls

NFL - Royal is king - Video of Eddie's KR TD

NFL - A Royal return - Video of Eddie's PR TD

NFL - Denver Broncos 34 at San Diego Chargers 23 - Box Score

DB - Chargers Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Chargers Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Royal Strikes Twice - Gray Caldwell

DB - Broncos Shine Under the Lights - Zach Eisendrath

DPP - Broncos improve to 6-0 with win at San Diego - Mike Klis

DPP - Bowlen happy with his young new coach

DPP - Broncos take awhile to get to QB Rivers - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Broncos answered foe's "D" - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Pregame spat featured shouts, pushing, shoving - Mike Klis

DPP - Broncos 34, Chargers 23: Bests, worsts and breakdown - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Krieger: Defense adjusts to winning

DPP - Kiszla: Jay who? Orton has all-pro skill

CSG - Hats off to Broncos who improve to 6-0 - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos breakdown - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos notes: Dawkins injured, but still is valuable to team - Frank Schwab

CSG - There is no reason to doubt how far this team can go - David Ramsey

DPP - Sullivan: Broncos not house of cards

CBS4 - Elway: It's All About Chemistry So Far For Broncos - Jesse Sarles

AP - Eddie Royal Sparks Broncos Win - Bernie Wilson

NFP - Monday night rewind - Matt Bowen

SN - Dumervil Helps Broncos Shut Down Chargers Late - Albert Breer

SI - Broncos won't lose grip of big West lead this time around - Jim Trotter

CBS - McDaniels continues to make all the right moves - Tom Krasovic

FOX - Broncos, Chargers heading in different directions - Mark Kriegel

ESPN - Brash Broncos back it up with a perfect record - Bill Williamson

NFL - Chargers staff member injured in fall from Qualcomn press box
Our thoughts go out to the Chargers and Walt Daniels for a speedy recovery

NFLTA - Broncos vs. Chargers highlights - Video

San Diego News

SDUT - Broncos saddle Bolts with hard-to-swallow loss - Kevin Acee

SDUT - This team has fallen flat, fast - Nick Canepa

SDUT - Tables have turned for Chargers - Tim Sullivan

SDUT - LT doesn't get call to run the ball - Chris Jenkins & Kevin Gemmell

SDUT - It's what's up front that counts - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Return teams something special on this night - Tod Leonard

SDUT - Taking stock of socks 'n' sacks - Chris Jenkins

NCT - Bolts lose a must-win game, fall 3 1/2 games behind undefeated Broncos - Scott Bair

Ravens News

BS - Is Ravens defense beyond repair? - Jamison Hensley

BS - Forget a face-lift; Ravens only have time for cosmetics - Mike Preston

BS - Harbaugh 'not optimistic' on Rolle's return this season - Edward Lee

NYT - What’s Stopping the Ravens This Year Is Their Defense - Judy Battista

AFC West News

KCS - Chiefs get to see how they can handle victory - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs send Tank Tyler to Panthers - Adam Teicher

SFC - Raiders know one (win) is the loneliest number - David White

SFC - Napa D.A. still reviewing case - David White

NFL News

SN - Sources: Shanahan Turned Down Redskins

NFL - Redskins' Zorn out of comfort zone, gives up play-calling to Lewis

NFL - League gives Panthers' Wesley one-game suspension for hit

NFL - Jets NT Jenkins out for season with torn ACL in left knee

NFL - Redskins will stick with Campbell as starter

NFL - Titans owner: Fisher safe for now; practices to be closed during bye

NFL - Lions QB Stafford will be evaluated by noted orthopedic surgeon

NFL - Seahawks LB Tatupu could miss just a few weeks with chest injury

SN - Sources: Shanahan Turned Down Redskins

NFL Opinion

NFP - The Monday Tavern - Mike Lombardi

Y! - Saints finally match Payton's vision - Mike Silver

Y! - Will Dorsey, Chambers get sent packing? - Jason Cole

SI - Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints are best team in NFL - Peter King

NFL - Six from Sunday: Prolific passing rules the day - Pat Kirwan

SI - Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker return to form for Patriots - Jerome Bettis

NYT - Why the N.F.L. Trade Deadline Lacks Drama - Andrew Das

NFP - Bears trade frees up cash for Cutler - Andrew Brandt

FOX - The Day After: Bears have an identity crisis - John Czarnecki

NFL - Maybe better players would improve Zorn's play-calling - Mike Lombardi

SN - NFL power poll: Saints take over top spot - Clifton Brown