Final Score: Panthers 24, Patriots 20

Denver/KC was billed as the game of the year, or even among the best of all-time, based solely upon the teams' W/L records.

But in reality, these were the squads ranked 3rd and 16th in overall efficiency according to Brian Burke's rankings.

In other words, it was something of a mismatch, and it played out precisely that way (not that these things always do).

Monday night's showdown between the rising Panthers and always contending Patriots turned out the better matchup, and may have been the season's best game to date.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 11 - Pats @ Panthers

Enjoy the game, and Go Panthers!

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Fat Camp: Lateral Compartment Syndrome

During Sunday night's win over the Chiefs, Rahim Moore departed with a leg injury that reportedly had the Broncos' medical staff baffled. Today’s information clears up what occurred, and how Moore will be cared for.

It turns out that Rahim had lateral compartment syndrome, and underwent emergency surgery on Monday morning to correct the dangerous condition.

A compartment syndrome will occur when the muscles swell too much, putting pressure on the surrounding sheath of fascia (connective tissue) and, in some cases, impinging on the local nerves. That muscle swelling is usually linked to bleeding into the fascial compartment.

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Report: Moore has ‘serious lower leg injury’

According to the Denver Post, free safety Rahim Moore will miss "several weeks" with what is being called a "serious lower leg injury."

Moore had two tackles and defensed one pass prior to his second quarter departure on Sunday night.

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All Matt McGloin does is win

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As big as Denver's victory was, they'll be right back to it with a road trip to Foxboro next weekend.

Fortunately, they'll have an extra day of rest on the Patriots (7-2), who travel to face the surging Panthers (6-3) and their monstrous defensive line tonight.

The biggest storyline will appropriately be the fourteenth showdown between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

But much attention will surely be paid the status of Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion on Sunday night.

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Gut Reaction: Week 11 - Broncos vs Chiefs

It’s simple: keep Peyton Manning clean, the Broncos win.

It’s true when he’s healthy. It’s true when he’s feeling a little average. And it’s true when his ankle is as hurt as an Alex Smith checkdown.

The Broncos just restored order to the NFL with their 27-17 win, which could have been a lot more lopsided. The NFL simply can’t have teams like the Chiefs masquerading around like a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

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Final Score: Broncos 27, Chiefs 17

Not that they were ever terribly worried, but the '72 Dolphins can pop those champagne corks. In an AFCW showdown that wasn't as close as many had expected, the Broncos knocked off the NFL's last unbeaten team, 27-17 (Gamebook).

Denver and Kansas City are now tied atop the AFC and AFCW at 9-1, with the rematch coming just two weeks from now at Arrowhead.

But before that, the Broncos head to New England for Manning/Brady 14, while the Chiefs will host the Chargers.

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Live Blog: Broncos vs Chiefs

Inactives: Broncos - Champ Bailey, Nate Irving, Ronnie Hillman, Tony Carter, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Zac Dysert

Chiefs - Tyler Bray, Dunta Robinson, Nico Johnson, Eric Kush, Rokevious Watkins, Rishaw Johnson, Jaye Howard

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Report: JDR interviewed for USC gig

According to Mike Klis, Jack Del Rio interviewed for the vacant USC head coaching job during Denver's bye week.

JDR's met with his alma mater on Friday, November 1, a day before the health scare that sidelined John Fox and made Del Rio the Broncos' interim coach.

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Game Day Limerick: Kansas City Chiefs

If Alexis Smith was a man with some balls

he would stop with the junk checkdown calls,

but he's not, so he sucks,

so it goes that his ducks

force the Chiefs to puke in the stalls.

It's getting close to game time. Throw your limerick down, Broncos fans!