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Horse Tracks 11/9/09 - Chargers cut Broncos' AFC West lead to 1.5 games; Denver hosts Pittsburgh tonight on MNF; Chiefs release RB Larry Johnson


Good Morning, MHR Friends! Well, Phil Rivers led his Dolts on quite an impressive game-winning drive last night, as San Diego injected themselves right back into the AFC West and Wild-Card races. But no matter what happens tonight, the Broncos will remain in the driver's seat. Next Sunday, the Broncos head to Washington and the Dolts host the Iggles, and the following week San Diego comes to Denver. You can see where I'm going with this... As for tonight, put on some orange, get yourself to the Big IF, and make some NOISE for our Broncos!!!!!!

DB - Matchup: Broncos vs. Steelers - Broncos TV

DPP - Broncos' Dumervil, Steelers' Harrison make short work of offenses - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Krieger: Broncos' little changes on offense could make big difference

DPP - Steelers' crackerjack crackback master Hines takes on Broncos - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Steelers' Clark far from only player to feel Denver's altitude - Mike Klis

DPP - Broncos defensive end Smith eager for start vs. Steelers - Mike Klis

CSG - Dawkins fills Broncos' leadership void, too - Frank Schwab

DB - A Toast To Two Football Visionaries - Chris Gentilviso
Celebrating Bob Howsam's decision to start an AFL team in Denver 50 years ago.

DB - A Closer Look: Pittsburgh Steelers - Gray Caldwell

CSG - Broncos anniversary: Top 10 free-agent signings - Frank Schwab

CSG - Pittsburgh at Denver: Three things to watch - Frank Schwab

AP - Elite Pass-Rushers Take Center-Stage Monday Night - Arnie Stapleton

KDVR - Broncos will need Steely resolve on Monday - Zubin Mehenti

ESPN Insider - Football Outsiders - Kyle Orton has taken some time, but early signs of success were there for the Broncos quarterback - Bill Barnwell

Steelers News

PPG - Steelers-Broncos rivalry endures - Gerry Dulac

PPG - Steelers' Starks now a money player - Ron Cook

PPG - Some of the top games in Steelers-Broncos feud: - Gerry Dulac

PPG - Game 8 Matchup: Steelers vs. Broncos - Gerry Dulac

PPG - Head to Head: Steelers LT Max Starks vs. Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil - Gerry Dulac

PTR - Steelers seek solution to kick-coverage woes - Scott Brown

BCT - Tomlin and McDaniels: First-class coaches - Mike Bires

BCT - Game 8: Five Questions - Mike Bires

BCT - Game 8: Key matchups - Mike Bires

NFL Results

NFL - Kansas City Chiefs 21 at Jacksonville Jaguars 24

NFL - San Diego Chargers 21 at New York Giants 20

NFL - Washington Redskins 17 at Atlanta Falcons 31

NFL - Arizona Cardinals 41 at Chicago Bears 21

NFL - Baltimore Ravens 7 at Cincinnati Bengals 17

NFL - Houston Texans 17 at Indianapolis Colts 20

NFL - Miami Dolphins 17 at New England Patriots 27

NFL - Green Bay Packers 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38

NFL - Carolina Panthers 20 at New Orleans Saints 30

NFL - Detroit Lions 20 at Seattle Seahawks 32

NFL - Tennessee Titans 34 at San Francisco 49ers 27

NFL - Dallas Cowboys 20 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

AFC West News

CBS - Rivers gets redemption while making Bolts look smart - Clark Judge

CBS - Week 9 Judgements: People keep sleeping on Chargers' Jackson - Clark Judge

SDUT - Rivers-to-Jackson a sweet comeback victory - Kevin Acee

SDUT - It's a tall task slowing Jackson - Tim Sullivan

KCS - Chiefs get going too late in 24-21 loss to Jaguars - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs’ defense gives up too many big plays - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chambers, Long catch on quickly for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

KCS - Charles, Smith run well in limited opportunities - Adam Teicher

KCS - Succop gives Chiefs a chance on field goals - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs buzz: Alleman starts at guard - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs blitz - Adam Teicher

NFL News

PFW - Mangini unlikely to survive Browns' disarray

FH - Mike Holmgren on Cleveland's Radar - Matt Snyder

FH - DeAngelo Hall Accuses Falcons Assistant Of Throwing Punches - Knox Bardeen

NFL - Dungy says Bills are a potential option for Vick's services

NFL - Redskins' Portis doesn't return after concussion against Falcons

NFL - Bengals' Henry breaks left forearm during win over Ravens

NFL - Colts QB Manning breaks 40,000-yard barrier in a decade

NFL Opinion

NFP - Sunday rewind: Week 9 - Matt Bowen

SI - Divison races take shape and more snap judgments - Don Banks
"Like Glenn Close's whack-job character in Fatal Attraction, never make the mistake of assuming the Chargers are dead, even if they look submerged in the bath tub."

SN - Week 9 Checkdown: Defining each division at midway point - Vinnie Iyer
"Here we go again. The Chargers' comeback win over the Giants brings them within 1 1/2 games of Denver. The pressure is on the Broncos to beat the Steelers tonight, especially with a San Diego rematch looming in two weeks."

Y! - Far from pretty, Colts rack up another win - Mike Silver

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 9 - John Clayton

FH - Four 'Contenders' in Serious Trouble - Dave Goldberg

Y! - Giants officially have reason to panic - Charles Robinson

NFL - It wasn't easy, but Colts and Saints each improve to 8-0 - Bucky Brooks

FOX - Colts survive another close call - John Lynch

NFL - Bengals silencing the critics with each significant victory - Vic Carucci

CBS - Take off the blinders -- time to believe in Bengals - Gregg Doyel

Y! - Bengals CBs keep lines of communication open - Jason Cole

NFL - Texans among rest of pack still chasing the lead horse - Steve Wyche

SI - Dallas Cowboys make amends in Philadelphia - Don Banks

SN - In 'statement game,' Cowboys prove their toughness - Clifton Brown

FH - Older, Wiser Tony Romo Leads Key Win - Kevin Blackistone

FOX - Think you have Cards, Bears figured out? Think again - Alex Marvez

Mid-morning update

ESPN - Kansas City Chiefs release troubled running back Larry Johnson


SI - Patriots-Colts hype begins; 15 best NFL unrestricted free agents - Peter King
"I like the Ty Law signing, even if he has very little left. He's been there before in big games and won't be cowed by getting a little physical with the Hines Wards of the NFL in the next eight weeks...I worry about Ben Roethlisberger having time to throw with outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil storming in all night, and I don't trust Pittsburgh to be able to run. I'll take Denver, uneasily, 20-13."

NFP - Diner morning news: Things I know at the halfway point - Mike Lombardi

NFP - The race to sign college prospects - Jack Bechta