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Today is the first day of the rest of the season.

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Just who are these Denver Broncos?

With just three victories to their credit ten weeks into the 2018 season, the Denver Broncos are taking the week off. Much has been written over the last week about how Denver is better than their record reflects. Were it not for a dropped pass here and a missed kick there, the fortunes of the boys in orange and blue would be much brighter; Vance Joseph’s seat wouldn’t be as hot.

While it’s comforting to look back and muse about how things could have gone, it really doesn’t do any good. The reality is that Denver is 3-6 and any hope of playing in January is quickly evaporating. The team and fans can fall all over themselves wondering ‘what if’, but what really matters is day 1 of week 11.

The story of this season is still being written. Can the Broncos view themselves as they did during the first couple weeks of the season? Is there promise? Is there fight in that dog? I would like to think that this week off has given everyone an opportunity to reflect on this almost lost season. Will we see a newly energized squad?

I think there’s a chance the Broncos come out and shock Los Angeles. Wouldn’t it be something if they did? The truth is that the team needs to turn the page or it will be turned for them shortly after the season. The time is now, fellas.

HORSE TRACKS

Records, milestones reached by Broncos players in 2018
The wins haven't been coming, but the Broncos have been setting all sorts of team and individual records, as well as pacing the league in many statistical categories.

A perfect accident: How Broncos Country spread to Japan
How far would you be willing to go to show your support for the Broncos? These two men crossed the Pacific Ocean.

LeSean McCoy feels urgency with legacy 'on the clock' - NFL.com
LeSean McCoy has struggled to gain traction amid a difficult season for the Buffalo Bills, and the veteran running back knows he's running out time to win a Super Bowl and add to his legacy.

Whitworth donating game check to shooting victims - NFL.com
Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth will donate his game check from this week's game against the Seahawks to victims and the families of this week's Borderline Bar and Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks.

New York Giants cut former starting RG Patrick Omameh
The Giants on Saturday cut offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, who began the season as the team's starting right guard.

Washington downgrades Jamison Crowder to out – ProFootballTalk
The banged-up Washington offense will be without another key piece on Sunday in Tampa. The team downgraded receiver Jamison Crowder to out on Saturday, when he didn't fly to Florida for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Giants may not be good, but they’re healthy – ProFootballTalk
Good news, Giants. You're emerging from the bye with no players on the final injury report. Bad news, Giants. You're still 1-7. Yes, the Giants are healthy, even if they're not very good.

Davis Webb joins Jets’ active roster – ProFootballTalk
Well, maybe we'll find out whether Jamal Adams is right about Davis Webb. With starting quarterback Sam Darnold injured and only one other quarterback on the active roster, the Jets promoted Webb from the practice squad on Saturday.

Saints promote Keith Kirkwood from practice squad – ProFootballTalk
Saints receiver Dez Bryant joined the team just a few days ago. He's now officially on injured reserve, after tearing an Achilles tendon at practice on Friday. The Saints have filled his spot on the roster by promoting receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad.

Postponement or relocation of Monday night’s Giants-49ers game is a possibility – ProFootballTalk
The Rams and Raiders home games are expected to happen on Sunday without alteration due to wildfires in California. On Saturday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that postponement of Monday night's game against the Giants could potentially happen.

NFL monitoring California fires, air quality for Chargers-Raiders and Seahawks-Rams games - CBSSports.com
The league is keeping an eye on air quality and on the actual fires themselves

Matt Barkley to become second QB to start a game within two weeks of signing with Bills in 2018 - CBSSports.com
The Bills are a touchdown underdog to the Jets, somehow

Rob Gronkowski out Week 10 against Titans, potentially longer as Gronk battles back issues - CBSSports.com
The Patriots tight end should be inactive against Tennessee on Sunday in Nashville

Michael Thomas banged with $30K fine for using cell phone during Joe Horn tribute celebration - CBSSports.com
The Saints receiver paid a hefty price for honoring another former Saints wideout

Le'Veon Bell reportedly unlikely to join Steelers by final deadline to report for 2018 - CBSSports.com
Looks like it will be the James Conner show the rest of the way in Pittsburgh