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Gut Reaction: Week 15 - Broncos 22, Chargers 10

Sometimes even Batman has to throw up at halftime.

Perhaps, as Bruce Wayne, he ate a tainted Double Bacon 6Cheese™. Perhaps he couldn’t fit the Batmobile into the parking lot at Walgreens during flu shot week. Perhaps the thought of running the ball so much made him sick.

At the end of the day, it didn’t matter. The AFC West is the villain that always gets it in the end. The Jokers, the Riddlers, and the Penguins (or Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders, if you prefer) all go down.

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Final Score: Broncos 22, Chargers 10 (Updated)

The Broncos (11-3) clinched their fourth consecutive AFCW title with a plodding 22-10 victory (Game Book) at San Diego (8-6) on Sunday.

Peyton Manning overcame flu-like symptoms and a thigh injury to complete 14 of 20 passes for the second straight week, among them a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas (six catches, 123 yards).

Connor Barth was flawless on five field goal attempts for the second time in his three games with Denver, and C.J. Anderson fought his way for 96 yards on 31 touches. Aqib Talib and Rahim Moore helped seal the win with fourth quarter interceptions of Philip Rivers.

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Patriots knock off Chargers, give Broncos chance to clinch AFCW next week

It wasn't the result Denver hoped for, but there's a silver lining to New England's 23-14 win at San Diego on Sunday night.

The Patriots (10-3) remain ahead of Denver (10-3) in the race for the AFC's #1 seed thanks to their head-to-head tiebreaker. But the Broncos now have a two-game lead over the Chargers (8-5), and can clinch the AFCW with a win or tie at San Diego next Sunday afternoon.

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Gut Reaction: Week 14 - Broncos vs Bills

Kyle Orton outplayed Peyton Manning.

As strange as that sentence seems, what’s stranger is that it doesn’t matter if it’s true.

These Broncos are winning old school. Hey, Denver—1987 called. It wants its passing game back.

Call it Foxball. Call it a commitment to the run. Call it a preference for girls with auburn hair.

Whatever it is, Dan Reeves would be damn proud.

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Final Score: Broncos 24, Bills 17 (Updated)

Denver improved to 10-3 with a sloppy, penalty- and turnover-filled 24-17 win over the visiting Bills (7-6) on Sunday afternoon (Game Book).

C.J. Anderson scored three rushing touchdowns for Denver, while Peyton Manning and Kyle Orton each threw two ugly interceptions.

If you care about this sort of thing, Manning's streak of games with at least one touchdown pass ended at 51, one shy of Tom Brady and three short of Drew Brees's all-time record. His 20 attempts were by far the fewest he's posted as a Bronco; he'd attempted as few as 26 passes three times with Denver.

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Gut Reaction: Week 13 - Broncos @ Chiefs

Peyton Manning completed half his passes, ended the game with a QB rating of 85.3, and turned the ball over once.

The Broncos won going away.

That’s not how they usually hunt up in Dove Valley. Big game hunting usually requires high caliber weaponry in the form of Manning’s right arm and high-precision scoping in the form of Manning’s mind.

Sometimes, though, you’ve got to go primitive. You’ve got to do things with your bare hands.

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Final Score: Broncos 29, Chiefs 16 (Updated)

After sprinting out to a 17-0 first half lead, the Broncos (9-3) crawled the rest of the way to a 29-16 win (Game Book) over Kansas CIty (7-5) on Sunday night.

Denver matched New England for the best record in the AFC and remained a game ahead of San Diego in the AFCW.

Along with the Broncos and Pats, NFC division leaders Philly, Green Bay, and Arizona are also 9-3.

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Packers give Broncos chance to match Patriots’ record

The Broncos have a chance to pull even with the Patriots for the AFC's best record at 9-3 with a win over KC tonight, thanks to Green Bay's 26-21 win over New England.

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady each threw two touchdowns against no turnovers in their first ever meeting. The Packers won despite going 0-4 in the red zone, instead settling for four short field goals from Mason Crosby.

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Gut Reaction: Week 12 - Broncos vs Dolphins

Sticks and stones may break their bones, but names will give them motivation.

For the two weeks—actually, let’s be honest, it’s been the entire year—the Broncos offensive line has heard the criticisms. They have no cohesion. They aren’t physical enough. They’re out of position.

From left to right tackle—all of them girlie men.

For a week, at least, they came to pump Broncos fans up, piling up 201 yards on the ground.

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Final Score: Broncos 39, Dolphins 36 (Updated)

The Broncos (8-3) used three fourth-quarter touchdowns to overcome an 11-point deficit and take down the visiting Dolphins (6-5) in a 39-36 shootout (Game Book).

Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, including three to Demaryius Thomas.

Despite that gaudiness, C.J. Anderson and Emmanuel Sanders were Denver's biggest stars of the day, amassing a whopping 323 yards from scrimmage.

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