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Horse Tracks: Brock Osweiler gets the win

Brock Osweiler turned his first start into a meaningful one for Broncos fans on Sunday. On the heels of two stinker-type losses, this win felt terrific. With the Patriots looming large this Sunday night, could it be possible for this defense, Brock Osweiler, and the Denver Broncos to keep it going?

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's all enjoy this win a little more. Brock Osweiler looked terrific out there on Sunday. Sure, he held on to the ball a little longer than he should at times and his self sack was a little ugly, but you just can't argue with moving the ball and zero interceptions. My man looked poised and confident out there. Maybe mental reps do mean something.

Welcome back run game! It's no coincidence that when coach Gary Kubiak's offense is run under-center that great things happen. Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson were finding huge holes and making the Bears pay. It was a something beautiful thing to watch.

I would also like to take a moment and give credit the Chicago Bears and their mistake-free brand of football. Oh wait, that's garbage. I'm not saying the fix was in, but give me a break. There was a late hit call, a couple holding calls, a few pass interference calls that could easily have merited a flag, but the zebras, for whatever reason, refused to drop even one hankie on the Bears. When it came to the Broncos, however, they were more than willing to. Let's not even get into the timeout debacle at the two-minute warning. These clowns were just awful.


Who wants some game recaps?!

Three Keys Unlocked: Broncos 17, Bears 15 | Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears November 22, 2015 | Sports Illustrated

Chicago Bears fall to Denver Broncos 17-15, at Soldier Field |

With the win, talk shifts to Brock Osweiler and how great he played.

For Brock Osweiler, it was all about the confidence -- his own, and what he inspired | Denver Broncos

Brock Osweiler efficiently runs Broncos' offense in win over Bears - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

Kiszla: Broncos are new quarterback Brock Osweiler's team - The Denver Post

Brock appears to have the full support of the team. Evan Mathis has Brock's back, even when they're both on their backside | Mile High Sports

With Peyton Manning healing, Gary Kubiak's offense clicked better than ever on Sunday. Brock Osweiler might be starting but the Gary Kubiak era has begun in Denver - NFL

So what about Peyton Manning? Is he playing this week against the Patriots? Kubiak non-committal about starting quarterback | ProFootballTalk

Could there be a chance this is the last the NFL has seen of Peyton Manning? Peyton Manning is absolutely determined to get healthy and to play | ProFootballTalk

Sunday was a meeting of old friends! Jay Cutler? John Fox? Mitch Unrein? Adam Gase? Tracy Porter? Good times with old Broncos. Despite their best efforts, Fox and Cutler looked like their same old selves | Mile High Sports

It turns out that Broncos fans weren't the only ones appalled by the officiating on Sunday.

Broncos players unhappy with officiating in win over Bears | 247 Sports

Even the unbiased media thinks something was amiss with the penalties Sunday | Mile High Sports

The Sunday Sacco! This week the former Broncos PR guru breaks down the history of the Bears. This is a great read. Heck, you may even learn a little about the game that necessitated painting hashmarks on the field. Saturday with Sacco: Monsters of the Midway | Denver Broncos

It seems like the resurgent Oakland Raiders have cuddled back up with their losing ways. They were defeated by the Lions on Sunday and lost ground in the AFC West race. Lions suddenly winning, beat Raiders 18-13 in Detroit | Detroit Free Press

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't giving up. They are fighting like heck to get a wildcard seed in the playoffs. They might just get there. Surging Chiefs have no problem with skidding Chargers -

The Bengals made the Broncos quest for a first-round playoff bye a little more interesting. With both teams at 8-2, the Monday Night Football matchup between them on December 28th is looming larger than ever. Palmer leads Cardinals past Bengals with late drive -

That leaves the Patriots atop the AFC. They play this evening before moving on to focus on their game with Denver next Sunday. Let's hope tonight's game between the Pats and Bills goes to overtime and is full of plenty of hard hits. Here's a primer for tonight's Monday Night Football game. Monday Night Football HQ - NFL

With Steve Smith already lost for the season, there's more horrible injury news out of Baltimore. At least they got the win. Ravens' Flacco (torn ACL), Forsett (arm) out for year -

The Jets also suffered some injuries to marquee players. Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold suffer injuries for New York Jets | ESPN

The Green Bay Packers rediscovered their mojo and got the win over a surging Vikings team. Packers move back into first place with win in Minnesota | ProFootballTalk

Tony Romo is back with the Dallas Cowboys and they too have their mojo back. With as weak as the NFC East is, they actually have a shot at making the postseason. Tony Romo helps end Dallas Cowboys' losing streak -

The Seattle Seahawks defeated Blaine Gabbert and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. No surprise there. Thomas Rawls' breakout performance leads Seahawks -

Five touchdowns passes?! Five? Yep, two different quarterbacks went off yesterday. Let's hope you started them in your fantasy league.

Bucs crush Eagles as Jameis Winston throws five TDs -

Cam Newton's five TD passes give Panthers something to dance about

Who want's to see the playoff picture?! The Broncos are currently the 3rd seed, but that could improve. Let's hope it does. NFL playoff picture: Who's in, who's out with six weeks left to play