The Broncos celebrated the first day of December with a brilliant come-from-behind 35-28 victory over the Chiefs, and now control the AFCW and their own destiny for playoff seeding.
After customarily deferring possession on the opening kickoff, Denver had to weather KC's emotional level of play in the first half, falling behind 21-7, but getting to within a touchdown late in the second quarter.
They went three-and-out on their next series, but starting with the second-half kickoff, the Broncos sucked the life out of Arrowhead with three consecutive long touchdown drives - of 80, 92, and 95 yards.
Good Morning, Broncos! With the first axe having fallen on old friend Gary Kubiak, all eyes are on Houston's coaching vacancy.
Another old friend, Wade Phillips, will again serve as interim head coach, as he had while Kubes recovered from his frightening mini-stroke last month.
His quarterback for the next three games will be Case Keenum, whom Kubiak had yanked at halftim on Thursday night in favor of Matt Schaub.
Citing his recovery from heart surgery and the desire to better communicate with his players, John Fox announced Friday that he would coach Sunday's game against Tennessee from the Denver sideline, rather than up in the coaches' booth.
As for the players, Derek Wolfe was ruled out, as expected, while Champ Bailey and Trindon Holliday are listed as questionable. This, despite Bailey having been a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday; Holliday made a limited return on Friday after having sat out Wednesday and Thursday.
Manning drove the ball down the field against the Chiefs last Sunday. His arm looked live. Manning has re-invented himself the past couple years with the Broncos, but against the Chiefs it looked like he was back in his Colts’ days. This was a different looking Broncos offense than most games this season.
And yet, all anyone wants to talk about is the weather?
Since it went so well, we decided to do it again. Tom also contributes to Football Outsiders, and we're pleased to work with him again, as we respect his work and thoughts about football.
Here are five questions that I asked, and Tom answered, about the Titans:
Q: The numbers suggest that the Titans pass defense is good. What have they been doing, and who is playing well in pass defense?
IAOFM answers Total Titans' questions about the Broncos
Beyond something like “get lucky on fumbles and batted balls,” a Titans win probably requires them to exploit specific ways in which the Broncos are vulnerable, including things they’ll stick to even if they’re not working. What are those?
Head on over to Total Titans for Ted's responses to Tom's questions, plus more great Titans coverage. Then, check back here shortly after for Tom's responses to Ted's questions. As always, many thanks to Tom and Ted for putting this all together.
Report: Gary Kubiak expected to be fired today
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says he expects Texans coach Gary Kubiak to be fired today, after his team endured an 11th straight loss last night in Jacksonville.
Houston's fall has been quick, and severe. It's quite something to go from supposed SB contenders to possibly picking first overall in the draft.
What are the chances Kubes ends up back working with Shanny, assuming the tan one doesn't also get canned?
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With the forecast calling for cold conditions on Sunday, the Broncos moved their practice back outside on Thursday, and will likely do so again on Friday.
Following their now customary Wednesday off day, Peyton Manning and Joel Dreessen returned as full participants.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Julius Thomas, Danny Trevathan, Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, and Malik Jackson were also full participants, after having been limited on Wednesday.
It was the first full practice for DRC since he was injured before halftime at New England.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Titans have taken major strides from a year ago, when they finished 6-10 and with a point differential of minus-141.
While they've dropped three of their past four, Tennessee sports a very respectable minus-3 differential through 12 games.
Of course, this is the week that figure could change, and in a big way.