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Gut Reaction: Texans @ Broncos, Preseason Game 3

Tonight in Denver, fall was in the air.

For the first time, it felt like football.

For the first time, I got antsy for the preseason to end.

Or maybe it was just the thought of Wes Welker headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.

As least Welker will have another week to heal. Otherwise, I’d say let’s skip Dallas and get right to the Colts.

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Final Score: Texans 18, Broncos 17

Thanks to a last-minute comeback, the Texans edged the Broncos 18-17 (Gamebook) at SAF@MH on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning threw for 243 yards and two picturesque long touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders, who returned from a nagging quad injury in electric fashion.

The free-agent steal acquisition caught five passes for 128 yards, including scoring plays of 67 and 29 yards to close out the first half.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos @ 49ers, Preseason Game 2

It’s too bad the preseason means about as much as a political campaign ad. If things were different, the Broncos would be the hottest team in the NFL right now. In consecutive weeks, they’ve dispatched the Seahawks and 49ers, arguably the two toughest teams in the NFC.

Still, it’s okay to keep hope alive. The Broncos are going to be the frontrunners for awhile—at least until the playoffs.

And don’t forget, they’re still short veterans Chris Harris and Von Miller.

Who said politics can’t be fun?

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Final Score: Broncos 34, Niners 0

The Broncos wrecked the 49ers' unveiling of Levi's Stadium with a 34-0 (Gamebookhighlights) whitewashing on Sunday afternoon.

Peyton Manning (120.8 QB rating), Brock Osweiler (125.5), and Zac Dysert (116.9) were impressive and efficient, while the defensive and kick coverage units added four turnovers and eight passes defensed.

Kayvon Webster (ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) were held out, while rookie linebacker Lamin Barrow departed with what is being called a severely bruised lower right leg.

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Live Blog: Preseason Game 2 - Broncos at 49ers

Join me below the fold for as much Live Blog as I can give you today.  I'm likely to have to cut out at some point, due to some friends passing through my town, but I'll hang until they get here.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos vs Seahawks, Preseason Game 1

As much fun as it was to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks, it was hard to make much of this preseason game.

Lighting came. It saw. It kicked everyone’s ass.

By the time the rain delay was over, the starters barely had time to take some plays off.

What do we do with this game, one that doesn’t matter to anyone other than bloggers, cheerleaders, and small-college roster hopefuls?

We mock, that's what.

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Final Score: Lightning 45, Refs 25, Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

Ahh, nothing like a four-hour game to kick off the preseason, amirite?!

The Broncos defeated the visiting Seahawks 21-16 (Gamebookhighlights) in a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning, and an indeterminate amount of time by 25 accepted penalties.

Of course, it also wouldn’t be preseason without a new undrafted running back darling. Former Dukie Juwan Thompson racked up 59 yards on six carries, showing as much speed, vision, and toughness as one can show in a matchup of second-team units.

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Live Blog: Preseason Game 1 - Broncos vs Seahawks

Ted liveblogs the game after the jump.

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Gut Reaction: Super Bowl 48 - Broncos vs Seahawks

There’s a lot of emotion swirling inside any Broncos fan right now. A loss like this one feels raw, exhausting, and most of all, personal.

After all, we’ve been with this team for 19 games now. We’ve watched them set records, only to fall well short in the biggest game of the year.

But let’s face it, today was never meant to be the Broncos’ day. We need to accept that fact. The first play of the game was a self-induced safety. The first play of the second half was something I can only describe as completely bizarre.

But even without such alien abductions, the Seahawks were the better team.

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Final Score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8

Denver's historic season came to a thudding halt on Sunday night, with a thoroughly humiliating 43-8 (Gamebook) loss to the Seahawks in Super Bowl 48.

In a game that called to mind the franchise's first four trips to the big game, the Broncos' record-shattering offense opened with a safety, gave the ball away another four times, and mustered up just one late and meaningless touchdown.

The game also bore a resemblance to the 40-10 result of the teams' preseason meeting, when the Seahawks used turnovers and big plays to romp.

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