Gut Reaction: Week 8 - Broncos vs Chargers

It’s still a week away from Halloween, but the Broncos are getting scary.

Too many monsters. Too many ways for the opponent to die.

Tonight, the Broncos fed the Frankenstein that was Emmanuel Sanders.

The Chargers were torn limb from limb.

Be afraid, AFC West. Be very afraid.

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Final Score: Broncos 35, Chargers 21

Denver (6-1) extended its lead in the AFCW to 1.5 games with an emphatic 35-21 win (Game Book) over San Diego (5-3) on Thursday night.

Emmanuel Sanders caught three touchdown passes from Peyton Manning, and Juwan Thompson added two short rushing scores.

Ronnie Hillman had another big game, with 138 yards from scrimmage for his third straight 100-yard game in as many starts.

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Open Thread: Broncos vs Chargers

Inactives: Broncos - Montee Ball, Omar Bolden, Steven Johnson, Kapri Bibbs, Ben Garland, Mitch Unrein, Michael Schofield (Cody Latimer and Tony Carter are active)

Chargers - CB Brandon Flowers, LB Manti Te'o, RB Ryan Mathews, RB Donald Brown, CB Steve Williams, LB Jeremiah Attaochu, LB Cordarro Law (CB Jason Verrett is active)

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KSK: Thursday Night Hype: Peyton Manning vs. Philip Rivers

Has Ronnie Hillman taken Montee Ball’s starting job away from him?

The Broncos' promotion of Kapri Bibbs to the active roster was a response to reported interest from the Bills, who lost two backs to injury last week. Denver now has five active running backs, four of whom aren’t badly injured.

Ronnie Hillman leads the group for now, with Juwan Thompson backing him up. C.J. Anderson, with only 13 carries in the last three games, has apparently dropped to the third string. What can we expect from each, now that we’ve seen all but Bibbs in game situations?

Bibbs is an impressive young runner. He’s missing the receiving and pass protection aspects of his game. Those, along with building the NFL body that coach Fox likes to mention, are the things that he should be working on. It’s a full time job.

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Broncos say they’ve given up on extending Thomases in-season

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not that anyone was expecting otherwise, but the Broncos put off contract talks with the Thomases until after the season.

In the spring, John Elway had set the start of training camp as a public deadline for extending Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Once camp started, he stated that the team was willing to keep talking into the preseason.

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Thats Good Broncos: Broncos vs. 49ers

Brandon Flowers, Omar Bolden ruled out for Chargers/Broncos

The Broncos expectedly ruled out Omar Bolden (concussion) and Montee Ball (groin) for Thursday's game against San Diego.

Steven Johnson (ankle) is questionable, while five others are listed as probable.

Ball is reportedly progressing, and may practice on a limited basis next week, prior to Denver's game at New England.

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The Broncos are #1 in all of the rankings, again

For the second straight week, the Broncos rank #1 across every major advanced statistical ranking system.

This is pretty remarkable, and speaks to just how well Denver is playing right now.

As writers at each site explain in their own words, the 2014 Broncos have a chance to rank with the very best teams of recent vintage.

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What about Brock?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! All of the talk recently has rightly been about Peyton Manning. But what about his backup?

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says he can't see Brock Osweiler signing a second contract if Manning plays out his own deal, which runs through 2016.

Brock is signed through 2015, and has attempted all of 21 passes in his 2.4 seasons.

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