The "moral victory" label is not one Broncos players or coaches want to apply to their Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, despite us at MHR doing exactly that.
"Do you mean is there a moral victory? The answer to that would be no," Fox said Monday. "But like all games, you have things you do well and things you don't do well. We call it the good, the bad and the ugly. We ended up on the short end of the stick. It was our first loss of the season. We're disappointed about that but we'll look at it."
"There are no moral victories," said defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. "We want to win the game. It's simple."
Knighton would go on, "To me, 43-8 and 26-20 is the same thing, cause it's still a loss."
Linebacker Nate Irving agreed. "I can only speak for myself, but I don’t believe in (moral victories) when it comes to games that we play," said Irving to The Denver Post's Press Box program. "There’s a winner and a loser, and unfortunately we were the loser this time. There was nothing to celebrate."
Was Peyton Manning exposed vs. the Seahawks? Field Gulls tends to think so. NFL.com's Brian Baldinger breaks down some of the things the Seattle defense did to slow down the Broncos.
Manning is in familiar territory - he doesn't have a running game - which doesn't bode well.
What does bode well is the return of Von Miller to his excellent form - as well as the return of Danny Trevathan, who hopes on dressing for Week 5.
Emmanuel Sanders had a career day in Seattle, but he also moved into the top of the NFL ranks in receptions.
Montee Ball talked about his fumble in Andrew Mason's Three Keys, Unlocked.
John Fox said "good but not great" a bunch of times Monday.
Ian St. Clair at Predominantly Orange writes that hiring Mike Shanahan as an offensive consultant will fix the Broncos running game. I think this is a wild idea, and far outside the realm of likelihood, but kudos to him for thinking outside the box.
This Gameday Roundup from the official site is pretty cool.
The AFC is wide open, with Cincinnati and Denver appearing to be front-runners at this point, while the Chargers are nipping at the Broncos' heels.
The Baltimore Ravens, led by its owner, refuted an "Outside the Lines" report on Monday that detailed the team's knowledge and handling of Ray Rice's domestic violence incident that was caught on surveillance video.