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Horse Tracks 10/5/09 - Broncos 4-0 with 2-game lead after beating Cowboys; Buckhalter sprains ankle

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Okay, folks. NOW are the Broncos for real? No matter what happens from here on out, last year and the past are gone. This is a better team, still rising and with a brilliant future under the direction of Josh McDaniels. You heard it here that the Brandon Marshall situation was overcooked and now he's making plays and literally embracing the coach. Yes, it already seems the story is more about what's wrong in Dallas, but this Broncos team is a contender. Correll Buckhalter is on crutches after spraining his left ankle, while Brandon Stokley left the game early. Bring on the Pats!

NFL Videos - Broncos 17, Cowboys 10
Highlights with radio calls of the Broncos 17-10 victory over the Cowboys

Box Score - Dallas Cowboys 10 at Denver Broncos 17

DB - Cowboys Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

DB - Cowboys Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Cowboys Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Cowboys Postgame: Marshall - Broncos TV

UPDATE 11AM ETY! - Broncos turn unimaginable into reality - Mike Silver
Silver shares some eye-opening quotes from Vonnie Holliday and D.J. Williams, who were both skeptical about Josh McDaniels' handling of the offseason and the Broncos' prospects this year. 

DB - Not In His Corner - Chris Gentilviso

DB - Finding a Way - Gray Caldwell

INDT - Broncos: Baby TO grew up - Hunter Ansley
"When the media is adamant that the first round pick you traded to Seattle will end up becoming the first overall pick, just keep playing."

DPP - Broncos are now a fab 4-0 - Mike Klis

DPP - Krieger: This defense could be Broncos' signature act

DPP - Kiszla: Josh McDaniels, Brandon Marshall have success in their embrace
"So, how do you like your Broncos now? This team does not get down on itself. If you miss the pouty lower lip of last year's team in Denver, then catch the next commercial flight to O'Hare Airport."

DPP - Armstrong: For Broncos, the big play finally arrives

DPP - Cowboys' QB Romo miscalculates regarding Broncos' Champ Bailey - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Broncos' QB Kyle Orton has a knack for winning - Mike Klis

DPP - Denver Broncos' defense digs in again - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Extra points: Bests and worsts - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Briefs: Sprained ankle ends Buckhalter's productive day

CSG - Denver tops Dallas, improves to 4-0 - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos notes: Bailey upholds challenges - Frank Schwab

CSG - Opinion: Imagination, and Brandon Marshall's talent, would be terrible to waste - David Ramsey

AP - Brandon Marshall's Miracle TD Keeps Denver Broncos Perfect - Arnie Stapleton

PFW - McDaniels has Broncos moving up - Mike Holbrook

ESPN - Broncos are putting the 'D' back into Denver - Bill Williamson

FOX - Surprise, surprise: Broncos really are better team - Jimmy Johnson
"They proved Sunday that they are a much better team than anybody gave them credit for. "

NFL GameDay - Cowboys vs. Broncos highlights
Eisen, Deion and Playmaker

Cowboys: The Losing Perspective

DMN - An early fall: Dallas Cowboys' 17-10 loss a bad sign - Jean-Jacques Taylor

DMN - Game gets away from Dallas Cowboys in 17-10 loss - David Moore

DMN - Dallas Cowboys' offense bridled by Broncos in 17-10 loss - Kevin Sherrington

DMN - Dallas Cowboys' Brooking: 'We've got to be desperate' - Brandon George

DMN - Offensive failures increase in Dallas Cowboys' 17-10 loss - Bill Nichols

DMN - Dallas Cowboys' Newman claims he was grabbed on big play - Brandon George

DMN - Cowboys-Broncos notebook

DMN - Cowboys-Broncos grades - David Moore

ST - Cowboys fizzle against Broncos - Clarence Hill

ST - Cowboys need the real Romo before it’s too late - Jim Reeves

ST - Dallas Cowboys have bigger problem than offense or defense - Jennifer Floyd Engel

ST - Going deep is going nowhere fast for Dallas Cowboys - Jeff Caplan

ST - Coach Wade's Cowboys play same mediocre tune - Jennifer Floyd Engel

ST - Cowboys defense was one big play away from a win - Charean WIlliams

ESPN - Cowboys lower expectations with Mile High loss - Matt Mosley

NFL Results

NFL - San Diego Chargers 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers 38

NFL - New York Giants 27 at Kansas City Chiefs 16

NFL - Oakland Raiders 6 at Houston Texans 29

NFL - Detroit Lions 24 at Chicago Bears 48

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 23 at Cleveland Browns 20

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 17 at Indianapolis Colts 34

NFL - Tennessee Titans 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 37

NFL - Baltimore Ravens 21 at New England Patriots 27

NFL - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 at Washington Redskins 13

NFL - Buffalo Bills 10 at Miami Dolphins 38

NFL - New York Jets 10 at New Orleans Saints 24

NFL - St. Louis Rams 0 at San Francisco 49ers 35

AFC West News

SDUT - It's the Pitts - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Plenty to worry about in Chargersville - Tim Sullivan

SDUT - Almost everything went wrong - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Tomlinson rushes for 15 yards, but 'felt pretty good' - Kevin Acee & Tod Leonard

SDUT - Flustered fans to Terrible Towel - Tod Leonard

SDUT - Tim Sullivan grades the Chargers - Tim Sullivan

CBS - Trampled Chargers must fix defense fast - Clark Judge

KCS - Chiefs offense struggles once again in a 27-16 loss to the Giants - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs’ play is scaring the wrong people - Jason Whitlock

KCS - LJ says ‘ego’ is the difference in loss to Giants - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs blitz | Giants QB Manning injures foot

KCS - Chiefs buzz | Ryan is catching on at tight end - Kent Babb

KCS - Grading the Chiefs - Adam Teicher

SFC - Raiders fall quietly in Houston, 29-6 - David White

SFC - Ch-ch-changes? Davis won't take this kind of play for long - Scott Ostler

SFC - Beat: Higgins held back - David White

Y! - Source: Cable's potential legal issues a concern - Jason Cole

OT - Report: Cable will meet with Goodell - Steve Corkran

OT - Punchless Raiders spiraling downward - Steve Corkran

OT - Inman: Raiders are lacking leadership, as well as offense

OT - Raiders' grades - Steve Corkran

OT - Raiders search for consistency - Steve Corkran

NFL News

NFL - Lions examining if rookie QB Stafford has dislocated right kneecap

NFL - Seau, Patriots haven’t talked since last week

NFL - X-rays negative on Ravens LT Gaither after he's injured in collision

NFL - Giants QB Manning pulled from game vs. Chiefs with bruised heel

NFL - AP source: Dolphins QB Pennington should be able to play in 2010

NFL Opinion

NFP - Sunday rewind: Week 4 - Matt Bowen
"Denver is for real"

Y! - Addition by subtraction for Colts offense - Charles Robinson
"The 3-0 start was one thing, but Sunday’s win over the Cowboys – moving the Broncos to 4-0 – shows that Denver is a legitimate playoff candidate in the AFC."

UPDATE 10AM ETSI - Jerry Reese, Sean Payton, Josh McDaniels at helm of quick starts  - Peter King
PK calls the Broncos the "feel-good story of the year" and ranks them #5 in his Fine Fifteen. Plus, player of the week awards to The Beast and The Champ.

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 4 - John Clayton
"Broncos are no fluke: The Broncos are for real...Welcome back to the playoff race, Denver. " John Clayton has apparently granted the Broncos a chance at contention now?

NFL - Patriots assume their usual role of Super Bowl contenders - Vic Carucci

SN - Patriots' warning: 'We're coming together' - Albert Breer

NYT - Hitting Their Stride, Patriots Slip Past Ravens - Judy Battista

ESPN - Brady on the run means Patriots are back - Tim Graham

NFL - Saints show they should be considered among the NFL's best - Steve Wyche

NFL - Broncos' defensive effort should help quiet some skeptics - Bucky Brooks

Y! - Titans' struggles begs question of Young's status - Jason Cole

SN - Week 4 Checkdown: Giants, Saints, Colts emerge from pack - Vinnie Iyer

SI - Titans need QB change, the gutty Pats, plus more - Don Banks

SI - Saints' defense steals show against Jets - Don Banks