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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 11/20/12

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Doug Pensinger

Running Backs Ready for Increased Roles
With running back Willis McGahee down with a knee injury, the rest of the backfield knows it must step up.

Next Day Notebook: Aiming to Improve
The Broncos are striving to get better, Von Miller imitated a video game character in a sack celebration and familiarity among the offensive players is producing points.

McGahee Suffers Ligament Tear; Not Headed to IR "
Head Coach John Fox on Monday announced that running back Willis McGahee suffered a ligament tear in his knee, but the injury will not require surgery.

Denver Broncos Videos

John Fox Press Conference
Head Coach John Fox talks about Willis McGahee's knee injury and Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Denver Broncos Blogs

How will the Broncos' running game work without Willis McGahee? - Mike Klis
Keep in mind, the Broncos’ running game wasn’t exactly the 1972 Miami Dolphins anyway.

Peyton Manning's comments after Denver Broncos swept the Chargers - Mike Klis
Not everything Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said following his team’s 30-23 victory against the San Diego Chargers made today’s paper.

Sn Diego's Philip Rivers gives Denver Broncos defense some love - Mike Klis
I wish it worked out so you could get both quarterbacks in their post-game press conferences. But it never works out that way.

When Broncos are winning, life is beautiful and patient and forgiving - The Denver Post
You know what's great about the Broncos' five-game winning streak and 7-3 record? It's great because it's nice to get treated well at the grocery store, or at the bank, or on the highway or anywhere else one goes in Denver these days.

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?

Broncos' Stokley enjoying comeback success - The Denver Post
Brandon Stokley may have Peyton Manning to thank for extending his career.

Inside the game: Broncos realize there's no such thing as an easy NFL game - The Denver Post
Some things most folks do not want to believe about the NFL:

Broncos wasted no time getting D.J. Williams into the lineup - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I know this is early, but did you get any sense if how the Broncos used D.J. Williams against the Chargers will be the way they use him for the rest of the season?

Willis McGahee's injury will force big decisions in Broncos run game - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With the discovery that Broncos running back Willis McGahee has a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee and could miss six to eight weeks, the Broncos are faced with a decision about their running game. That choice goes beyond whether they make any roster moves.

Lance Ball's blitz pickup serves as unlikely game-changer vs. Chargers - The Denver Post
One play Sunday showed the value of blocking by a running back.

Pass protection key for candidates to replace Broncos' McGahee - The Denver Post
Fans remember the bursts into the open field and fighting for short yardage. But when Broncos coach John Fox mulls his options to replace injured starting running back Willis McGahee, blocking in pass protection becomes paramount.

Broncos' Knowshon Moreno jokes he should be fresh if called upon
Running back Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos’ first selection in the 2009 draft, has been designated inactive for the past eight games. But that likely will end Sunday in the game at Kansas City. - AFC West Spin cycle: Broncos add to lead
The Broncos remain in command of the underwhelming AFC West after knocking off their closest competition for the division lead, the Chargers, in Week 11. The Raiders and Chiefs stayed true to form and were both soundly defeated Sunday.

Moving on: Denver Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 30-23 home win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday:

Denver Broncos faced the struggling Chiefs on road 35 years ago today - Terry Frei
Think the 2012 Broncos are Super Bowl-worthy?

Eye on: The Kansas City Chiefs - The Denver Post
Eye on ...The Chiefs

Former Broncos QB Brady Quinn may start vs. Denver for Chiefs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
OK, so all is fair in the name of victory. Still, the Broncos have two of their favorite old friends in Brady Quinn and Russ Hochstein playing in the middle of the Chiefs' offense.

Division News

Moving on: Oakland Raiders - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 38-17 home loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday:

Dennis Allen: I’m just as disappointed and frustrated as Mark Davis | ProFootballTalk
Raiders owner Mark Davis said after Sunday’s loss to the Saints that he expects to see progress, and right now his team isn’t giving him that.

Kansas City Chiefs fan's obituary says he died from losing season
Kansas City Chiefs fans cannot handle the team’s 1-8 season — compounded by a 28-6 whupping by the Bengals on Sunday. The Chiefs’ seven-game losing streak is its longest in a single season since 2008.

Moving on: Kansas City Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 28-6 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

Will Brady Quinn face his old team? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said he will announce whether Brady Quinn or Matt Cassel will start Sunday against Denver on Sunday. - Cassel's days with Chiefs are numbered
All signs pointed to the Chiefs parting ways with QB Matt Cassel at season’s end, but that became all but certain when he was yanked from the Chiefs’ loss Sunday by head coach Romeo Crennel.

Cassel sees what’s coming, Quinn stays positive | ProFootballTalk
Matt Cassel won’t say as much, but he seems to know it’s over. And Brady Quinn doesn’t seem to know where he is.

Jammal Charles wants Romeo Crennel to stick around | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs’ latest loss left quarterback Matt Cassel pretty sure that his run in Kansas City is coming to an end, but running back Jammal Charles isn’t ready to give up on coach Romeo Crennel.

Moving on: San Diego Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 30-23 road loss at the Denver Broncos on Sunday:

A.J. Smith’s Hail Mary throw could be coming | ProFootballTalk
With the Chargers losing to the Broncos and falling three games plus a tiebreaker behind the Broncos with six games to play, the chances of an AFC West crown have fallen into the gulf residing between "slim" and "none."

NFL News

NFL Communications - Commissioner Goodell’s Talk at Harvard on Health and Safety "
Commissioner Goodell was invited to deliver a talk today at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The title of his talk was "Leadership on the Road to a Safer Game."

Further review of this week’s key officiating calls | ProFootballTalk
Every Monday on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk, former NFL official and current NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos looks at three of the questionable calls from the Sunday that was.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Aldon Smith wants Von Miller to know who leads the league in sacks | ProFootballTalk
Broncos linebacker Von Miller had three sacks on Sunday, giving him the NFL lead with 13 on the season.

Falcons’ Joe Hawley suspended four games for PED violation | ProFootballTalk
Falcons backup offensive lineman Joe Hawley has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Report: Gronkowski will miss 4-8 weeks | ProFootballTalk
The chain of reports regarding the broken arm suffered by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has included various accounts of his expected absence. The latest comes from our pal Tom Curran of CSN New England.

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