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Broncos have five games left against their top rivals - The Denver Post
Call it the last crumb on the table for the win-starved Broncos.

Big day for ex-Bronco Hillis powers rout by Browns - The Denver Post
When the scoreboard clock finally showed zeros, Bill Belichick walked slowly across the torn-up field to meet Cleveland's coach, his protege and estranged friend, amid a swarm of players and photographers.

Dusty Saunders: Dungy's quiet style cuts through noise - The Denver Post
At last count, there were 1,321 NFL studio talking heads spilling out opinions about the current season.

Tonight: Steelers (5-2) at Bengals (2-5), 6:30 p.m., ESPN - The Denver Post
The skinny: The Bengals swept the season series in 2009. The Steelers are feeling a little put upon these days with the league's crackdown on dangerous hits, as determined by the league officers. news: Cowboys owner Jones: 'I've got a lot of decisions to make'
The Cowboys' lost season reached a new low point in Sunday night's 45-7 pasting by the Green Bay Packers, and Dallas owner Jerry Jones is starting to sound like a man ready to do something about it.

NFL Game Center: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings - 2010 Week 9
Even Brett Favre thought the Minnesota Vikings were done -- for the game, and quite possibly the season. news: The fans have spoken, but Vikes' Wilf mum on Childress' future
Like voters flocking to the polls, Minnesota Vikings fans loudly called for a change in leadership to save a fast-sinking season that started with Super Bowl aspirations.

NFL Game Center: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders - 2010 Week 9
As the Oakland Raiders poured out onto the field to celebrate Sebastian Janikowski's overtime kick, the 13 penalties, three turnovers and long stretches of offensive ineptitude were merely a footnote. news: Dolphins' Crowder accuses Ravens' McClain of spitting incident
The Ravens got the best of the Dolphins on Sunday, but it was the actions of a Baltimore offensive player that had Miami linebacker Channing Crowder fuming afterward.

NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith concerned about higher fines for hits - ESPN
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith reinforced the union's concern Saturday about excessive fines for violent hits and pledged to be aggressive in challenging some of the monetary penalties.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons - Recap - November 07, 2010 - ESPN
With a powerful running back, a balanced passing game and a gutty goal-line stand, the Atlanta Falcons showed they're the best in the NFC South.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - November 07, 2010 - ESPN
Michael Vick shared a long embrace with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after coming back from a month off to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a big win.

Vikings' win: A mirage or turnaround? - NFC North Blog - ESPN
You're crawling through the desert on all fours. Your tongue is covered in sand and your skin is beet red. With glazed-over eyes, you take one last look ahead. Appearing from nowhere, just a few feet ahead of you, is an oasis.

Sifting through the NFC West rubble - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFC West can't even get a good quarterback controversy going.

It's time to blow up the Bengals - AFC North Blog - ESPN
Seven years ago, a younger, energetic Marvin Lewis arrived in Cincinnati with big dreams. In his first head-coaching gig, Lewis aimed to turn the lowly Bengals into a winning franchise and perennial Super Bowl contender.

Report: Packers will cut Al Harris |
After a player on the Physically Unable to Perform list returns to practice following Week Six, the player's team team has three weeks either to add him to the active roster or to place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Indianapolis Colts' Austin Collie leaves on stretcher with concussion - ESPN
As Austin Collie lay motionless on the field, the NFL's crackdown on violent hits to defenseless players came into full focus.

Week 9 winners and losers | National Football Post
1. Jason Campbell: Can’t judge Campbell’s performance completely by the stat line (19-33-229-1TD-1 INT). Go back to the final drive in regulation and in overtime. Two passes. The first, a deep 15-yard dig to Jacoby Jones where the Raiders WR went out and made a play for his QB to set up the game tying FG. The second, the deep post to Ford in OT. Love the call in that situation. Put the game in the hands of your QB and let him make a throw to win it. Sets up the Raiders to kick the winning FG and beat the Chiefs. But those two plays have to stand out with Tom Cable and that Raiders’ locker room. That is what you expect from a pro QB in pressure situations.

Red-hot Oakland Raiders find beauty in 'ugly' showdown win over Chiefs - Don Banks -
Well, that about settles it. There really is something strangely different about the NFL's half-over 2010 season. The clincher for me was watching the Raiders win a legitimately big game in November. Before a soldout and delirious crowd at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. To get within sniffing distance of first place in the AFC West, and win their third straight game for the first time since December 2002.

Channing Crowder: 'Le'Ron McClain Spit in My Face' -- NFL FanHouse
There were plenty of reasons for the Miami Dolphins to be frustrated Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, as they fell apart in the second half of a 26-10 loss to the Ravens. But steam was still rising from linebacker Channing Crowder's head in the locker room as a result of something that happened during a timeout.

Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy may be a keeper for emerging Browns - Dan Shaughnessy -
And now at the tender age of 24, Colt McCoy is 2-1 as a starter in the NFL. He's won at the Superdome against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, and on Sunday, he directed the 3-5 Browns to a 34-14 thrashing of the Patriots. With McCoy calling signals, the Browns enjoyed their season high for points, first downs (22), total yards (404) and time of possession (38.08).

Saints vs. Panthers - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The record is not as flashy, the offensive numbers not as gaudy and the New Orleans Saints aren't running away from the competition like last year.

Patriots exposed, more early-game analysis - Andrew Perloff -
Cleveland 34, New England 14 The Patriots had jumped out to a 6-1 start without playing dominant football on either side of the ball (they rank 19th overall in offense and 28th in defense), and it caught up with them in Cleveland. With no special teams or defensive touchdowns, they didn't have enough firepower to overcome a flat start against the Browns. They would hate to admit it, but their offense is vertically challenged since getting rid of Randy Moss, even though this was their first loss without him. Cleveland rookie quarterback Colt McCoy continued to show surprising poise and excellent ability to make throws on the run. With reports speculating Mike Holmgren may want to coach again next season throughout the week, Eric Mangini stepped up and had the Browns fired up against his former team. After beating the Saints in their last game and improving to 3-5, Cleveland has to have a lot of confidence right now.

Why Super Bowl XLV in Dallas could be a Giants-Steelers matchup - Kerry J. Byrne -
It's merely the midpoint of the 2010 campaign, but if you look through the statistical fog you might make out a Giants-Steelers Super Bowl at the end of the season.

Bears vs. Bills - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
In their relentlessly frustrating search for a victory, the Buffalo Bills have now proven they're equally as bumbling on both sides of the border.