Broncos can clinch first-round bye next week at Cincy

The Broncos have two scenarios for clinching a first-round bye next week:

  1. Denver wins at Cincy
  2. Denver ties Cincy, plus Indy ties or loses at Dallas

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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Open Thread: Broncos @ Chargers

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 15

Remember, we're all broncosdolphinstexansbrownsfalcons fans today; Enjoy the games!

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Jason La Canfora or Woody Paige: Who ya got?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a chance to clinch its fourth straight AFCW title with a win at San Diego today. And if they get help from Houston, Cleveland, and possibly Atlanta, they would also clinch a first-round bye.

Add in a Miami win at New England, and the Broncos would be back in control of the AFC's top seed and homefield advantage.

Obviously, that's a lot to ask for, and as long as Denver keeps taking care of their own business, they'll eventually lock up a first-round bye.

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Broncos activate Danny Trevathan, place Montee Ball & Quinton Carter on IR

Denver activated Danny Trevathan from short-term IR amid a quartet of roster moves, with Montee Ball and Quinton Carter heading to season-ending IR. Tight end Dominique Jones was promoted from the practice squad.

Trevathan, the Broncos' leading tackler in 2013, has been limited by broken bones in his left leg to just 58 snaps in two games this season. It's been suggested that Trevathan will be worked into Denver's defensive rotation gradually over the next few weeks. In his absence, Brandon Marshall has emerged as a well-rounded star.

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The Patriots trying to steal back signing bonuses is just another Patriots story

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning should have all of his top offensive weapons for tomorrow's rematch at Qualcomm.

Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, C.J. Anderson, and Wes Welker were full participants in Friday's practice and are listed as probable.

Meanwhile, Denver is expected to activate Danny Trevathan from short-term IR sometime on Saturday. They'll have to waive a player to make room for him; our guess would be fellow linebacker Todd Davis.

Also probable are Will Montgomery, David Bruton, Juwan Thompson, and Quanterus Smith.

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Broncos extend Chris Harris through 2019

The Broncos got an enormous head start on a lengthy offseason to-do list by extending cornerback Chris Harris through the 2019 season. According to Mike Klis, the deal includes a $10M signing bonus and $24M in guarantees, including $18M over the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The contract reportedly has a total value of $42.5M, or $8.5M per season. That average annual value would rank Harris 12th among NFL cornerbacks, according to OTC.

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Cards reach unfamiliar heights, but quarterback injuries may shoot them down

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Arizona became the first team to reach 11 wins by topping the host Rams in a 12-6 field goal fest on Thursday night.

A year after missing the postseason despite winning 10 games (while the Packers made it with an 8-7-1 record), the Cards are virtually assured of clinching a playoff spot on Sunday. It's the franchise's most victories since 1975 (!), back when it played its home games in St. Louis.

In 95 years of existence, the Cards have now won 11 games all of four times, and they've never topped that figure in the regular season.

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