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May the force be with you Broncos Country!

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens set to hit theaters this week, Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com made his weekly Power Rankings post a Star Wars themed one. Which Star Wars character did Mason compare the Broncos to?

Andrew Mason ranks the Broncos 5th in this week's Power Rankings and compares the Denver Broncos to my favorite Star Wars character, Chewbacca.

There was no stronger sentient being in terms of brute strength than Chewbacca, and the Broncos' top-ranked defense has a little of his anger and power in it -- although they're not about to start pulling arms out of sockets. Broncos fans would probably agree with C-3PO: "Let the Wookiee win."

Of all the Star Wars characters, Chewie is the one you most want beside you in a fight.

There's also no character with fiercer loyalty, and that blends well with a Broncos football-operations staff that can trace its philosophical lineage back as far as the Lou Saban era, when Joe Collier first joined the staff. You can trace a line from Collier through the decades all the way to the present-day administration.

I like this comparison.

Mason's comparisons to the other 31 NFL teams are pretty great as well.

He compares the New England Patriots to Emperor Palpatine. As Mase says in his post, this one is the very obvious comparison.

BELICHICK STAR WARS

The Patriots are getting healthy, and the Patriots two main competitors in the AFC are playing with their backup quarterbacks. Belichick and his secret spy team probably foresaw this all happening already.

Plus the hood and evil part are very Belichick-like.

One of my favorite comparisons is Admiral Ackbar to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Yes, the Bengals are a trap.

On paper, they look like a great team. They have a quarterback putting up lots of yards and touchdowns. They have two good running backs, one of the best wide receiver and tight end in the league, a great offensive line, and one of the better defenses in the league. So why are they a trap?

Well, they are now without quarterback Andy Dalton for a bit because he broke his thumb this Sunday. Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is quarterbacking the team. No former Alabama quarterback has won an NFL game since 1987.

Also, let's be fair. Even if Dalton were healthy, his past postseason performances suggest that this team will once again be one and done in the playoffs.

So don't put too much faith in the Bengals this year. As Admiral Ackbar would say, "IT'S A TRAP!!!".

I'm a Boba Fett fan(who isn't?) but I wasn't a fan of the team Mason compared him too, the Oakland Raiders.

Fiercely independent, resourceful and driven by revenge and cool hatred. The Raiders got their vengeance on the Broncos in a big way last Sunday, and in this year's games sounded a warning that the tenor of the rivalry will be different in the future.

I like my version slightly better(Sorry Mase).

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Boba Fett is awesome, but the Raiders are not. For the last 15 years the Raiders Franchise has been a hot mess, like the gif above which has Boba Fett flying hopelessly by.

"Flying hopelessly by". That's what the Oakland Raiders have been doing for quite sometime.

What do you think Broncos Country?

Horse Tracks:

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Ryan Clady gives back to the community in a big way | Mile High Sports
After spending the entirety of the 2015 season on the sidelines, Ryan Clady gives back in a big way to the Denver community

Adjustment to officiating procedures for playoffs - NFL.com
NFL clubs were notified today that the NFL Competition Committee has unanimously recommended, and Commissioner ROGER GOODELL has approved, a limited adjustment to officiating procedures for the 2015 playoffs.

Karlos Williams on Tyrod Taylor: 'He's the G.O.A.T.' - NFL.com
The Bills probably aren't going to break their long playoff drought this winter, but don't hang that on Tyrod Taylor. The quarterback is having a very nice season. One teammate is a particularly big fan.

Philip Rivers reacts to possible last game in San Diego - NFL.com
Philip Rivers and the Chargers might be playing their last game in San Diego on Sunday versus the Dolphins. Are the Bolts moving to Los Angeles?

Ryan Mallett: Getting cut was the best thing for me - NFL.com
Quarterback Ryan Mallett is getting a fresh start with the Ravens. The QB admits he has no one to blame but himself for his career coming to an unbecoming end in Houston.

Pats claim WR Leonard Hankerson, OL LaAdrian Waddle - NFL.com
Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Patriots have claimed receiver Leonard Hankerson and offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle off waivers.

Colts rule out Andrew Luck for game vs. Texans - NFL.com
Andrew Luck was back at practice for the Colts on Wednesday, but already has been ruled out for Sunday vs. Texans. He hasn't played since a Nov. 8 win over the Broncos with a lacerated kidney.

Patriots work out free-agent RB Steven Jackson - NFL.com
With LeGarrette Blount done for the year, the Patriots worked out free-agent running back Steven Jackson on Wednesday. Does he have anything left in the tank?

Injuries: Jonathan Stewart ruled out for Panthers - NFL.com
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart exited Sunday's win over the Falcons with a sprained foot and he wasn't at practice Wednesday. He won't play Sunday vs. Giants, Ron Rivera said.

Seahawks re-sign Christine Michael to 53-man roster - NFL.com
Christine Michael's bizarre NFL season has come full circle. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Wednesday that the team has re-signed the running back to their 53-man roster.

He's back: Peyton Manning returns to Broncos practice - NFL.com
Brock Osweiler will start Sunday against the Steelers, but he wasn't the only Broncos quarterback to suit up for Wednesday's practice as Peyton Manning returned to the field for the first time in a month.

Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley among young backs to build around - NFL.com
Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman look primed to run wild for years to come -- but neither player is No. 1 on Brian Billick's list of young running backs to build a team around.

Justin Houston could miss rest of regular season - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs might have to make their final playoff push without their star defensive player. A knee injury could sideline linebacker Justin Houston for the remainder of the season.

Mike Pettine: Russell Wilson not an elite-tier QB - NFL.com
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine knows Russell Wilson will present a tough challenge on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he thinks the play-caller is a top-tier quarterback.

New York Giants cut safety Brandon Meriweather - NFL.com
New York Giants announced on Wednesday that they have released safety Brandon Meriweather.

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict won't be fined by NFL for Ben Roethlisberger hit
The NFL will not fine Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict for his low helmet hit on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, his agent told ESPN.

Thursday NFL preview: How the Patriots and Panthers will replace injured running backs
NFL Nation previews what to watch for Thursday, including how New England and Carolina will divvy up carries with their starting running backs on the shelf in Week 15.

Mike Pettine fails to honor the Lou Holtz code, for no good reason | ProFootballTalk
Lou Holtz, with cartoonish delivery and over-the-top hyperbole, set an important example for all football coaches: Always heap praise on the upcoming opponent. Browns coach Mike Pettine opted not to follow that well-worn path on Wednesday.

Bob McNair has little faith in San Diego keeping the Chargers | ProFootballTalk
Texans owner Bob McNair thinks St. Louis will put together a deal to build a new football stadium -- and in turn to keep the Rams from moving to Los Angeles. McNair likewise has no such confidence in San Diego.

Browns claim RB Mostert from Ravens | ProFootballTalk
The Browns claimed rookie running back Raheem Mostert off waivers from the Ravens Wednesday and waived wide receiver Darius Jennings. The Browns are presumably adding Mostert for his return ability as he becomes the fifth running back on the active roster.

Patriots add veteran DT Kitchen | ProFootballTalk
A busy day on the transaction wire for the Patriots included the addition of veteran defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen. Kitchen, 27, played the last three seasons with the Browns and was with the Lions earlier this season.

Colts claim safety Akeem Davis | ProFootballTalk
The Colts claimed safety Akeem Davis off waivers from the Seahawks Wednesday. Davis also previously spent time with the Redskins, Saints and Buccaneers. He played in one game for the Seahawks before being waived on Tuesday.