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Fun fact of the day - according to the popular and traditional measure (yards), the Broncos' defense (262.5) ranks second to that of the Giants (257.7 ypg). Yet, the Giants have allowed 119 points - 80% more than the 66 points Denver has allowed. Consider this next time you want to cite a team's offensive or defensive rank by yardage gained or allowed. It just doesn't matter - find out what the points scored/allowed are, and compare those instead.

DB - Chargers Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

NFL - Playbook: Broncos vs. Chargers recap - Video
Mayock looks at Orton and Scheffler, while Billick examines the Broncos' pass rush.

DB - Royal Wins SP/T Player of the Week - Broncos TV

DPP - Broncos' Royal made up for Chargers' early dominance - Mike Klis

LTC - This team has staying power - Brian Howell

NFP - Diner morning news: Broncos are in control - Mike Lombardi
"They’re for real — and last night proved it to me. I’ve always been concerned about their age and lack of real speed in the secondary, but after playing well the past two weeks against some very good passing teams, I’m a believer."

FH - Tweet This, Cutler: Orton Kicks R Butt - Jay Mariotti
"But now people in Chicago are beginning to grasp why McDaniels was so eager to cast Cutler loose. The two would have gotten along like Jon and Kate Gosselin."

DB - Royal’s Special Night Earns Special Honor - Chris Gentilviso

DB - The Morning After: Week 6 - Chris Gentilviso

DB - 6-0, Say No More! - Mark Cooper

CSG - Don't bet against these Broncos - Frank Schwab

DPP - Analysis: Broncos' Dumervil showed nation what he can do Monday night - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Broncos enjoy win vs. Chargers but turn sights to tough upcoming stretch - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Key matchup: Passing attacks vs. secondary - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Broncos' ability to hang on to football serves them well - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Paige: McDaniels worth his weight in gold
"McDaniels said the Broncos would be improved and that the schedule couldn't be based on the results of opponents' performances of last season. Rather emphatically, with just the two of us in his office, he added, 'I've never been a part of a losing season since I began playing football.' He gave me a gargantuan clue. I should have listened."

DPP - Numbers: Broncos' sack-happy Dumervil in great company

DPP - Q&A: Broncos' Hillis versatile but won't get many carries - Jeff Legwold

INDT - Drew Litton: From Balloon Boy to Broncos

KDVR - Undefeated Denver Broncos the 'Feel-Good Movie of the Year' - Chris Tanaka

DP - Hochman: Karl a fan of McDaniels' work

CT - Brett Favre and Kyle Orton: Why the hate? - Rick Morrissey
"He's succeeding with the same wide receivers Cutler supposedly turned into stars. Apparently, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal can play a little bit on their own."

CST - Kyle high and Jay low in '09 - Rick Telander
"Sometimes a change of scenery can change your life. And sometimes the team that had you just didn't know how to use you, stroke you or bring out your best. And you wonder: Whose fault is that? And further: Do the Bears ruin their offensive stars?"

DC - Broncos give some hope to the Bills - Bob Matthews
"When the Denver Broncos started 3-0, I wrote that they'd be 3-3 after this week's Monday Night Football game in San Diego. Oops. My apologies to Josh McDaniels..."

IS - Purdue QBs past and present post big numbers - Curt Cavin

CBS - Power Rankings: You win, McDaniels; apologies to you - Pete Prisco
"I'm done being a Denver Broncos skeptic. For weeks, I kept saying they weren't as good as their record... Division race: Over...My doubts about the Broncos: Over."

USAT - Now they're a target: Broncos must adjust to expectations - Skip Wood

DP - Shanahans open home to Children's Hospital Gala - Joanne Davidson

SPT - Ex-Broncos to play ball in Steamboat - Luke Graham
Dave Studdard, Mark Jackson, Louie Wright, Ron Egloff and Billy Thompson are expected. - Bobby Humphrey talks candidly - Shea Lowery

Ravens News

BS - It's all in the technique - Ken Murray
LT Jared Gaither should return for the Ravens against the Broncos

BS - McClain's optimistic despite reduced role - Edward Lee

NFL - Jets and Ravens go from 3-0 to 'Oh, no!' - Vic Carucci

FNP - Ravens' 'D' stands for doldrums

AFC West News

NFL - Chargers place Applewhite on "Reserve - Injured," sign CB Hughes

NFL - Panthers send 2010 draft pick to Chiefs for veteran DT Tyler

NFL - Member of Chargers' game-day staff dies from injuries after fall
Solemn news. Again, the thoughts of all at MHR go out to Walt Daniels' family and friends and the Chargers organization.

SDUT - Chargers players growing restless - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Chargers have reached their level of mediocrity - Nick Canepa

SDUT - Scouting the Chiefs

SDUT - Sore Scifres not getting his kicks - Kevin Acee

NCT - CHARGERS: Too flawed to be a fluke - Scott Bair

KCS - Chiefs, Broncos have gone in different directions after shaking things up - Kent Babb
Rich Gannon calls the Broncos' myriad roster changes a mere "fine-tuning" because he either doesn't know what he's talking about, or he's trying to be easy on his old Chefs...

SI - Raiders, coach Tom Cable basking in win over Philadelphia Eagles - Ann Killion

NFL News

NFL - Sweet home Chicago: Cutler signs two-year extension with Bears

ESPN - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will leave Twitter trash talk to Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco -
"This league is funny. It's all about timing," Cutler said. "You could be one of the best players in the league (referring to Orton) but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."

NFL - Injuries sustained in car accident end Bucs FB Askew's season

NFL - Falcons bring back S Fudge, put CB Williams on injured reserve

NFL - Titans, Vanden Bosch plan to hold contract talks

HC - Texans notes: Free agent linebacker Winborn signed - Dale Robertson

NFL - Eagles land veteran LB Witherspoon in trade with Rams

NFL - Redskins sign free-agent LT Levi Jones to fill void

NFL - Patriots cut veteran WR Galloway after just six weeks with team

NFL - Shoulder injury sidelines Browns LB Jackson for the season

NFL - Agent denies that Steelers kicker Reed challenged police officers

NFL Opinion

NFP - Tavern talk: NFL’s worst game manager - Mike Lombardi

SN - Deadline dud: Big names lacking on NFL's last day for trades - Clifton Brown

Y! - Unproven quotes cloud Limbaugh debate - Jason Cole

SI - Joe Klecko, Ron Wolf, other potential Pro Football Hall of Famers - Peter King
PK sees the Broncos at Indy for the AFC title game, meaning the Colts will gain the upper hand in their regular-season matchup.

NFP - Fisher’s future in Tennessee not assured - Robert Boland

NFP - Zorn's demotion just adds to chaos in D.C. - Matt Bowen

CBS - Play-calling change will only confuse Redskins - Clark Judge

SI - Working for Washington Redskins' Daniel Snyder not worth money - Don Banks

FOX - Schein 9: How to fix NFC East's problems
"Who was that moron who thought Denver was a last-place team during the preseason?"

NFP - The NFP Power Rankings

Y! - Traffic jam for Pro Bowl-caliber QBs - Mike Silver
"3. Denver Broncos: Now that Eddie Royal has been unearthed – and they just essentially clinched the AFC West title – are there any remaining questions about these guys?"

PFW - Week Seven power rankings

ESPN - NFL Power Rankings Week 7

PFW - MVP Meter: Two horses in this race - Dan Parr

PFW - Rookie Meter: Cushing rises to top

ESPN - Chicago Bears banking on Gaines Adams to finally deliver on promise - Len Pasquarelli

NFP - Scout’s notebook: offensive review - Wes Bunting

NFP - Scout’s notebook: defensive review - Wes Bunting