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Horse Tracks - 11/19/12

Your daily cup of Orange and Blue coffee always tastes better after a Denver Broncos win!

Justin Edmonds

EXCLUSIVE: Locker Room Victory Speech
Head Coach John Fox addresses the team after Sunday's 30-23 win.

Broncos vs. Chargers: Manning
Peyton Manning on Sunday's 30-23 win over San Diego.

Peyton Manning's Broncos bury Chargers to extend AFC West lead - The Denver Post
Get the ticket orders ready. Warm up the printer. Start circling some weekend dates in early January.

Woody Paige: Broncos all business marching through AFC West - The Denver Post
Afterward, in the locker room, there was no spraying of champagne, donning of championship T-shirts and caps, or breaking out of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno Balls.

Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee to have MRI on right knee Monday
Broncos running back Willis McGahee was having a nice game, gaining 55 yards on seven carries when he went down with a right knee injury early in the second quarter.

Mark Kiszla: Super season by Broncos' Von Miller worth dancing over - The Denver Post
Here's a scary thought: How good are the Broncos if quarterback Peyton Manning is the second-best player on the team?

Acee: Chargers' offense simply not powerful enough - The Denver Post
The locker room had mostly emptied, the bulk of the San Diego Chargers' players and coaches having dressed and left.

Broncos' Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams make impact vs. Chargers - The Denver Post
Although their expected playing time for Sunday had been described as "uncertain," Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker D.J. Williams didn't just get their feet wet in the Broncos' victory over San Diego.

Broncos' key to win was harassing Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers - The Denver Post
"So we knew we had to get to Philip," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "We couldn't let him get into that rhythm where he just feels like he can stand back there and go. We had some moments there where he did, but for the most part, we got it done."

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos - Recap - November 18, 2012 - ESPN
On the day Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and drew even with John Elway in the career win column, it was Broncos linebacker Von Miller who stole the show -- not only with the three sacks and two forced fumbles that rattled Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, but with the ever-evolving sack dance he uses to celebrate.

New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders - Recap - November 18, 2012 - ESPN
Drew Brees is once again his efficient self, the running game is rolling and the defense is back to being that fast, ball-hawking group. About all New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt had to complain about were two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after big plays.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Recap - November 18, 2012 - ESPN
The Bengals punt team trotted onto the field midway through the first quarter Sunday, shortly after the Chiefs had kicked a field goal to take a rare lead in a game.

John Clayton's Last Call - ESPN
Now that the Broncos have a three-game lead in the AFC West, people can take a philosophical look at what is going right with the Broncos and what has gone wrong with the San Diego Chargers.

Broncos have stranglehold on division - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Heading into Thanksgiving, there is very little intrigue in this division. It is Denver’s to lose. The Broncos put a stranglehold on their second straight division title Sunday with a 30-23 win over the visiting San Diego Chargers in a game the Broncos controlled much more than the scoreboard indicated.

Rapid Reaction: Broncos 30, Chargers 23 - AFC West Blog - ESPN

What it means: The AFC West race is very close to being over. The Broncos (7-3) have won five straight games while the second-place Chargers (4-6) have lost five of the past six. Denver essentially has a four-game lead with six games to go because of a season sweep and the tiebreaker over the Chargers. Wacky things would have to happen for Denver not to win its second straight AFC West title.

Cassel sees writing on wall with Chiefs | National Football Post

Matt Cassel seems to already know his fate with the Kansas City Chiefs after being benched at halftime of Sunday's 28-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Don't sleep on Oakland's Marcel Reece | National Football Post

Former NFL Veteran and Iowa standout Matt Bowen told me this week that the ultimate compliment any football player can receive from a fellow player or coach is to be called "tough". I find that to be concrete truth. In my opinion, one of the next best things a player can be labeled as is "versatile".

Morning Rush: Drew Brees, Saints catching fire and pose threat to rest of NFC - Yahoo! Sports

On Sunday, Brees stood triumphantly on the New Orleans Saints' sideline at the Coliseum and relished the sight of his backup, Chase Daniel, closing out a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders with a 19-yard dash around right end.

Week 11 winners/losers: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady on collision course for playoff meeting - Yahoo! Sports

With the Denver Broncos putting some more nails in the coffin of the San Diego Chargers and coach Norv Turner on Sunday, there is one interesting issue to consider in the AFC playoff picture:

Rob Gronkowski, Andrew Luck, Andre Johnson, more NFL Week 11 thoughts - Peter King -

Eleven main characters from an eventful Week 11 that had its share of drama.

Andrew Luck, Colts outclassed by Tom Brady, Patriots - Don Banks -

By late Sunday night there was still no word yet on whether Andrew Luck's mother (or perhaps his father in this case) told him there'd be days like this. But no matter. By the time this one was over, it was well understood that a message had been successfully sent and received here at Gillette Stadium.