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Horse Tracks: Broncos are already AFC West leaders

Broncos are 1-0; the rest of the AFC West is a combined 0-3. Notes on Bradley Roby and David Bruton. Eric Decker cheers for the Colts vs. Broncos.

Christian Petersen

I'll be honest. I'm disappointed. The AFC West sent three teams to the playoffs a year ago; this year, neither the Chiefs nor Chargers looked particularly strong in Week 1.

The Chiefs "looked lost" in their home loss to the Titans, 26-10, and suffered two season-ending injuries to linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito. Somehow the Titans were able to limit Jamaal Charles to only 11 touches. The Titans defense wasn't "anything that should have deterred us off the run game as much as it did," said coach Andy Reid. But it did.

The Chargers lost to the Cardinals in Week 1, a snoozeworthy game in the first half that became very interesting in the second half. In other words, a damn good football game. The Chargers lost their Week 1 game in 2013 in similar fashion, blowing a fourth quarter lead, so all may not be lost in San Diego. Plus, lest we forget, the Cardinals were 10-6 a year ago. That's a tough road open.

The Raiders were actually up in the first quarter vs. the Jets and only lost by five, but that was to the Jets, and largely thanks to Geno Smith mistakes.

So the Broncos move to 1-0; the rest of the division, 0-1. There is still a lot of football to be played. I'm looking forward to all of it.

Broncos news

Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby made the play of the game on his fourth down pass breakup against Reggie Wayne. What's more impressive is that he knew the throw was coming his way.  Roby has been nominated for the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 1; be sure to vote.

Special teams captain David Bruton suffered a dislocated shoulder in Sunday's win vs. the Colts and is day-to-day, coach John Fox said. While many saw the play that took out Bruton as a cheap shot, "Whether you like it or not, it was a legal hit," Fox said.

Chris Harris Jr. said "fatigue" caused him to sit some reps vs. the Colts and hopes to play 100% against the Chiefs.

More day-after thoughts from the official site on Broncos-Colts: Notebook. Brandon Marshall stands strong. Jack Del Rio wired for sound. Andrew Mason looks at his three keys, unlocked.

Eric Decker - remember him? He remembers you.

Decker said Monday in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" that he has "nothing against" the Denver Broncos, but isn't a fan of the team any longer now that he's a Jet. "I'm rooting for the other team," Decker said. "You gotta have a little sting, of course."

[Circles Week 6 on calendar]

Ray Rice

Janay Rice Releases Statement: "This Is Our Life"

"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"

Hochman: It's sad to say, Ray Rices in our community, too - The Denver Post

"The contract termination by the Ravens — in light of (coach John) Harbaugh's ridiculous praise of Rice following the incident — and then the NFL's correct move to suspend him are monumental, in terms of the messages being sent," said Victoria McVicker, the CEO of SafeHouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children. "It is exactly this type of response on a national stage that is so needed for people to stop and take notice."

Meanwhile, the league is in some serious hot water about whether they requested or saw or didn't go visit to try and see the elevator footage already.