Broncos still #1, if barely

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As one might have suspected, the Broncos' statistical ratings have taken something of a hit after their latest Foxboro debacle.

They're still ranked #1 overall according to Advanced Football AnalyticsFootball Outsiders, and PFR, but their lead in each site's metric has slimmed considerably.

Again, we can take comfort in that SRS says Denver has faced the toughest schedule to date, and the slate should ease up substantially.

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The AFC is clearly this year’s power conference

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Indy (6-3) joined Denver and Pittsburgh in the AFC's six-win club with a 40-24 disembowelment of the Giants (3-5).

Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to give the Colts a 40-10 lead before the G-Men tacked on a pair of late scores.

Indy has a healthy two-game lead in the AFCS and are off next week before they host New England (who's also on bye) in an enormous Week 11 matchup.

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Nate Irving has sprained MCL, will undergo more testing

According to the DP, Nate Irving's MRI on Monday showed a sprained MCL that may not end his season.

However, Irving's knee reportedly has significant swelling, and more tests are required.

Per Mike Klis, Denver plans to start either Lamin Barrow or Steven Johnson in his place.

Broncos’ schedule gets easier from here

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If anything should provide solace after yesterday's blowout, it's the Broncos' and Patriots' remaining schedules.

New England would appear to have a much tougher slate, with road games at Indy, Green Bay, San Diego, and the Jets.

They'll host Detroit, Miami, and Buffalo. Those are probably all wins, but necessarily easy matchups.

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Report: Nate Irving suffered potentially serious knee injury

Nate Irving will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury to his right knee.

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos fear Irving's injury is serious.

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Gut Reaction: Week 9 - Broncos @ Patriots

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

“Son,” he said to me, “just remember, good fortune just means life is about to kick your ass.”

The Broncos were at the top of all the power rankings last week. In fact, many pundits were already predicting they’d win it all.

So much for that nonsense. Let the Patriots have the praise.

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Final Score: Patriots 43, Broncos 21 (Updated)

Special teams mistakes, interceptions, and penalties doomed the Broncos (6-2) in a 43-21 (Game Book) beating at the hands of the host Patriots (7-2).

Peyton Manning threw a pair of touchdowns passes, but each of his two interceptions led to a short touchdown drive for New England.

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, while his one pick occurred with the Pats already ahead by 20 points.

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Chargers mauled in Miami, passed in AFCW by Chiefs

Kansas City (5-3) leapfrogged over San Diego (5-4) into second place in the AFCW by winning their third straight game.

The Chiefs easily handled the visiting Jets 24-10, handing the LOL worthy team their eighth consecutive loss.

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Open Thread: Broncos @ New England

Inactives: Broncos - Montee Ball, Quinton Carter, Virgil Green, Steven Johnson, Kapri Bibbs, Ben Garland, Michael Schofield (Omar Bolden, Mitch Unrein, Cody Latimer will dress; perhaps Unrein will be used as an occasional fullback with Green out)

Patriots - DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, T Cameron Fleming, T Jordan Devey, WR Aaron Dobson, RB James White, DE Zach Moore

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 9

Enjoy the games, and Go Dolphins (versus San Diego) and Jets (at KC)!

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