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Horse Tracks 12/14/09 - Broncos fall 2 games behind Chargers; Marshall sets single-game catch mark in loss to Colts

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Good Morning, MHR Friends. Well, the first 20 minutes yesterday were pretty rough. The day was marred by plenty of mistakes and missed chances on the Broncos' side of the ledger, but they sure did hang tough when it would've been quite easy to lose by 40+. I'm sure most of you had flashbacks to those playoff debacles of years past (I know I did). The decision to defer the opening kickoff was bizarre, to say the least; both the Broncos' offen have been shaky on opening possessions (if not 1st quarters in their entirety) all year long, so I was quite puzzled. No, it's clearly not why they lost; there were plenty of opportunities later on, and the Broncos were in it late. But it was a strange decision which I immediately disliked. Well, apparently Orton and BMarsh have gotten used to each other; remarkable performance from Brandon. Unfortunately, Kyle still can't seem to connect with Eddie Royal. Hopefully Buck isn't too banged up, although we're fortunate to have Jokeland heading to town next week.

DB - Broncos-Colts Highlights - Video highlights with radio calls

DB - Colts Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

DB - Marshall sets new single-game receptions record - Video

DB - Colts Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Colts Postgame: Marshall - Broncos TV

NFL - Denver Broncos 16 at Indianapolis Colts 28 - Box Score

DB - Comeback Bid Falls Short - Zach Eisendrath

DB - 'Bittersweet' Record - Gray Caldwell

DPP - Colts clip Broncos 28-16 in Indy - Mike Klis
"McDaniels' research had shown that the team that kicks off at the start usually has the final possession of the first half, and then gets the ball again to start the second half." This is a strange explanation. Why is the goal to gather momentum at halftime? We're talking about Peyton Manning here, and a Broncos defense that has struggled early in many games, especially against quality teams...

DPP - Short yardage, big problem - Lindsay Jones
"The Broncos converted only 1-of-6 opportunities on third or fourth down when they needed fewer than 3 yards. They converted only 6-of-17 third downs overall. The Broncos also were stopped three times on fourth down, including twice on fourth-and-1."

DPP - Briefs: D.J. positive part of defense's soft first-half effort
"Running back Correll Buckhalter and starting safety Renaldo Hill were on crutches after the game because of injuries to their right ankles, and rookie safety Darcel McBath — who had replaced Hill in the second half — had his right arm in a sling after injuring his shoulder late in the fourth quarter."
"A charged-up Reid briefly took his helmet off to celebrate, then quickly jammed it back on. "That's a prime example of things we can't do," Reid said. "We could have got three points out of that drive."" Yeah, that was a big one. UGH.

DPP - A glimpse at the best of the Beast - Mark Kiszla
This is a terrific story, and that sure is one lucky Broncos fan.

DB - Colts Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DPP - Head-scratching logic can hurt - Dave Krieger

DPP - Analysis: Subpar Manning still enough - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Broncos, Colts could meet again - Mike Klis

DP - Coming up short in short yardage - Jim Armstrong

DPP - Offense lets Broncos down - Jim Armstrong

CSG - Colts break records with 28-16 victory over Denver - Frank Schwab

CSG - Marshall's record 21-catch game is wasted - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos almost had emergency at safety - Frank Schwab

AP - Marshall Sets NFL Record, Not Enough To Top Colts - Michael Marot

KUSA - Public memorial planned for 'Barrel Man' - Dan Boniface
Thanks to Randy for the link!

Colts News

NFL - Getting healthy, rather than keeping edge, is Colts' main goal - Vic Carucci

Y! - Colts defense comes up huge at crucial times - Jason Cole

CBS - Would rest mess with AFC's best? Let debate begin for Colts - Clark Judge

FH - Now's Not the Time for Colts to Go Easy - Greg Couch

FOX - With home-field clinched, question remains for Indy - John Oehser

IS - Colts secure home-field edge, record winning streak - Phil Richards

IS - Broncos' Marshall snags record - Philip Wilson

IS - Nice winning streak, guys! Now we'll see you in 34 days - Bob Kravitz

IS - Clark (3 TDs) leads red-zone attack - Mike Chappell

IS - Colts say let's keep playing - Mike Chappell

IS - Bob Kravitz's report card

NFL Results

NFL - San Diego Chargers 20 at Dallas Cowboys 17

NFL - Buffalo Bills 16 at Kansas City Chiefs 10

NFL - Washington Redskins 34 at Oakland Raiders 13

NFL - New Orleans Saints 26 at Atlanta Falcons 23

NFL - Detroit Lions 3 at Baltimore Ravens 48

NFL - Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 7 at Houston Texans 34

NFL - Miami Dolphins 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 10 at Minnesota Vikings 30

NFL - Carolina Panthers 10 at New England Patriots 20

NFL - New York Jets 26 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

NFL - St. Louis Rams 7 at Tennessee Titans 47

NFL - Philadelphia Eagles 45 at New York Giants 38

AFC West News

SDUT - Turner will be here for a while - Kevin Acee

CBS - Week 14 Judgements: Chargers are Colts' recurring nightmare - Clark Judge

FH - Cowboys Sinking and Chargers Soaring? Must Be December - Nancy Gay

FH - San Diego Charging as Contenders Come Into Focus - Dave Goldberg

SDUT - Bolts' big D smashes 'Boys - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Acting like they've been there before - Tim Sullivan

SDUT - Rivers gives Coach the game ball - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Power ball is finishing touch for win on road - Kevin Acee

SDUT - No such thing as weak side in goal-line stand - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - Tim Sullivan's report card

KCS - Chiefs can't overcome offensive mistakes in 16-10 loss to Bills - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs should thank anyone who sat through this game - Jason Whitlock

KCS - Crucial decisions on fourth downs don't pan out for Chiefs - Randy Covitz

KCS - Charles has big day on offense and almost makes big play on defense - Randy Covitz

KCS - Chiefs' defense gets run over once again - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs Buzz | Team honors Tom Watson; first-quarter woes; Dorsey, Waters injured - Randy Covitz

KCS - Grading the Chiefs - Adam Teicher

FH - Gradkowski's Injuries Reopens Door for Russell in Oakland - Chris Burke

SFC - Cut off at the knees - David White

SFC - 49ers, Raiders will never share a stadium - Ray Ratto

SFC - Flags fly, but please, no saluting - David White

SFC - Game review - David White

SFC - Russell is the new Marc Wilson - Ray Ratto

SFC - Raiders eliminated from playoff contention - David White
Did anyone know the Raiders were IN playoff contention? Oh, that's right - Seymour guaranteed they'd make it...well, hopefully he's in Denver next year, just not saying stupid stuff like that.

OT - Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell seizing the day the wrong way - Gary Peterson

OT - How bad is it for the Raiders? The fans are calling for Charlie Frye - Monte Poole

NFL News

NFL - Cowboys' Ware sprains neck, hospitalized after collision

NFL Opinion

SI - Assessing the chances of  AFC wild-card contenders - Don Banks

SN - Week 14 Checkdown: Scramble on for bottom seeds in AFC - Vinnie Iyer

ESPN - John Clayton's Last Call
"Despite their 28-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Broncos once again proved they are a playoff-caliber team."

NFL - Bengals will make playoffs, but loss to Vikings shows flaws - Steve Wyche

FH - Dominant Defense Lifts Favre's Vikings Into Playoffs - Dan Graziano

FOX - Favre winning battle against aging - Alex Marvez

SI - Vikings not perfect, but they may be close enough - Joe Posnanski

NFL - Confidence boost could have Ravens embarking on playoff run - Bucky Brooks

Y! - 'Fragile' Moss threatens to set back Patriots - Charles Robinson

CBS - Saints will throw caution to wind, make run at perfection - Pete Prisco

SN - When Reggie Bush goes airborne, Saints fly high - Ryan Fagan

SI - Philadelphia Eagles prove they're class of NFC East - Don Banks

FH - Reid Rules: Eagles Follow Coach's Lead - Thomas George

CBS - Giants can't contain Eagles' Jackson ... but Reid would be wise to - Mike Freeman

PFW - Steelers in midst of Super collapse