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Chargers thump Broncos 35-14 in divisional game at San Diego - The Denver Post
Might as well stuff the turkey, set the table and get started with the holidays. No sense waiting on the Broncos.

Kiszla: Dawkins grasps at fountain of youth - The Denver Post
From the mess that was an ugly 35-14 defeat, Denver safety Brian Dawkins walked through the debris of a cramped locker room, leaving behind another lost Broncos season with his head held high.

Krieger: Lost season forces tough decisions - The Denver Post
Neither the Broncos nor their fans are accustomed to this. It is not even Thanksgiving and, for all intents and purposes, their season is over.

Touchdowns a bigger feat than yards - The Denver Post
This was supposed to be a passing duel between the NFL's two most prolific yardage passers.

Analysis: Chargers cleaned up their special-teams act - The Denver Post
Call it a gut feeling, but Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Saturday that just because the Chargers had struggled on special teams all season was no reason to believe San Diego would add more misery to its pile Monday night.

Injury list gets even longer in Monday setback - The Denver Post
The Broncos took some additional bumps and bruises in the loss. Safety David Bruton was taken for X-rays on his ribs following the game and was sporting a large ice pack just below his sternum.

Chargers 35, Broncos 14: Bests, worsts and the ex factor - The Denver Post
The Broncos offense was brilliant . . . for one drive: Kyle Orton led a six-play, 69-yard touchdown march to open the game and stake the Broncos to a 7-0 lead.

Missed tackles give Chargers opening they need to break big plays - The Denver Post
For a series and a half, everything worked exactly as planned for the Broncos' defense.

Chargers receiver has a hand, for better and worse, in victory - The Denver Post
As Philip Rivers rushed downfield to congratulate Patrick Crayton on his first touchdown as a Charger, the wide receiver pulled away.

NFL Game Center: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers - 2010 Week 11
Philip Rivers tied his career high with four touchdown passes and the San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 35-14 on Monday night for their third straight victory. news: Colts' problems come to forefront in loss to Patriots
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has always maintained the season starts at Thanksgiving. And the signature game the weekend before Thanksgiving was the 12th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, or the War of 1812 as president of NFL Films Steve Sabol labeled the matchup in his great feature on "NFL GameDay Morning." news: Childress fired by Vikings; Frazier named interim head coach
Hastily hired five seasons ago to bring order to a disheveled franchise, Brad Childress vowed to lead the Minnesota Vikings the only way he knew how -- in case this was his only crack at being a head coach. news: Report: Eagles' Hobbs out for season due to injured disc in neck
Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Ellis Hobbs, who left the field on a stretcher with a neck injury in the team's 27-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, will miss the remainder of the season, according to, citing a league source. news: Titans to put Young on IR; Owner Adams not giving up on QB
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said Vince Young needs season-ending surgery on his throwing hand and that the Titans are placing the quarterback on injured reserve within the next couple days. news: Raiders' Seymour fined $25K for striking Steelers' Roethlisberger
A blowout loss to Pittsburgh to end a three-game winning streak was bad enough for the Oakland Raiders. news: Moving day: Teams starting to separate themselves from pack
1. Separation Sunday Darren McFadden, who is having a solid season as the Raiders' No. 1 running back, commented before Sunday's game in Pittsburgh that "it's time to show we are for real." Well, the Raiders didn't come close to accomplishing that feat, falling hard to the Steelers, 35-3, in a game that saw Jason Campbell head to the bench. McFadden didn't help the cause, rushing for just 14 yards on 10 attempts. news: 'Skins place Russell, Simpson on IR; sign RB Davis
The Washington Redskins have placed two players on injured reserve and are evaluating more than a dozen other injuries after their gutsy overtime win over the Tennessee Titans. news: Lions RB Best continues to be hindered by turf toe injuries
It appears Jahvid Best is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to the health of his ailing feet. news: Dungy not anxious to get back to Minnesota roots
Tony Dungy says he's not interested in returning as a coach or executive to help straighten out the Minnesota Vikings.

Shawne Merriman might not get on the field for Bills | National Football Post
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey was noncommittal on whether outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will play at all this season.

Coaching session: a guide to kickoff coverage | National Football Post
Previously we talked about the techniques required to play man coverage and to blitz with production on Sundays. Today, let’s spend some time this discussing kickoff coverage. The techniques required to excel and produce at the NFL level as an elite special teams player. It is a dirty job—but very rewarding when you show up on tape and make a big play.

San Diego Chargers' patented November tear likely won't bring January success - Jim Trotter -
Here we go again. After yet another slow start to open the season, the Chargers are making their patented second-half run. They spanked the Broncos 35-14 on Monday night, extending their win streak to three games, improving their overall record to 5-5 and making their 2-5 start seem like a myth. No one should be surprised by this, of course. Slow starts and fast regular-season finishes have become the modus operandi since coach Norv Turner arrived in 2007. The Chargers lost three of their first four in his rookie season, but finished 11-5. They lost four of their first eight the following year, but finished 8-8 overall. And they won 11 in a row last season after a 2-3 start. What did we learn Monday night? Here are five things:

Vince Young's meltdown; Aaron Rodgers' Packers make case for NFL's best team - Peter King -
Highlights, lowlights (and Richard Seymour, that was one incredible lowlight) and assorted weirdness of Week 11:

Brad Childress' firing began with desperate pursuit of Brett Favre - Don Banks -
When the end of the tumultuous Brad Childress era in Minnesota at last arrived Monday, I couldn't help but wonder if the team's deposed (and some would say despised) head coach had any second thoughts about his decision to go with the terrain.

Vince Young meltdown, Brett Favre struggles, more Snap Judgments - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional Week 11 insight as we take in the NFL's premier rivalry, Colts versus Patriots, with its ultra-glamorous undercard of Manning versus Brady ...

Wilf blew chance to salvage Vikings' season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Zygi Wilf finally and mercifully ended the Brad Childress era on Monday, and for that I am standing up and applauding him … with one hand.

Chargers take sweet time in jolting to life - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In a fitting metaphor for their 2010 season, the San Diego Chargers got off to a choppy start against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, looking flat-footed and confused as the visitors drove down the field and scored an opening-drive touchdown.

Vick to talk to HS students about dogfighting - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick(notes) will talk to Connecticut high school students about the horrors of dogfighting.