Things could definitely be worse for Denver…right?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no getting around it - yesterday was a terrible day for the Broncos all around.

For the second time in three weeks, Peyton Manning was awful, the line play was poor, the defense didn't do enough, the punting sucked as usual, and the entire team appeared uninspired and outcoached.

Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Montee Ball were injured, and that's not even the worst of it.

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Gut Reaction: Week 11 - Broncos @ Rams

The Broncos are the Little Red Riding Hood of the NFL.

They’re cute, everyone likes them, and they can even skip through most of the forest of the NFL season without a lot of fear.

Ah, but there’s grandma’s house waiting at the end. And, like the monster waiting in grandma’s bed, the NFL playoffs have one hell of a bite.

Can the Broncos figure out the signs before they are devoured? Grandma’s big teeth? The horrible play of the offensive line. Grandma’s big eyes? The penalties. Grandma’s deep voice? The turnovers.

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Final Score: Rams 22, Broncos 7 (Updated)

It was hard to get excited for Sunday's game; there was little upside to it, and only a blowout win would be satisfactory from Denver's standpoint.

What followed was pretty much the worst case scenario, short of an injury to Peyton Manning.

Denver (7-3) fell 22-7 at St. Louis, lost Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Montee Ball to injury, and dropped into a tie with Kansas City atop the AFCW.

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 11

Enjoy the games, and Go Raiders (@ San Diego) and Colts (versus New England)!

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Rapoport: Peyton Manning may retire if Broncos win Super Bowl

Let's hope we have to worry about this in February. Until then, we won't...

Open Thread: Broncos @ St. Louis

Inactives: Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, Virgil Green, Cody Latimer, Tony Carter, Kapri Bibbs, Todd Davis, Michael Schofield

Rams - DB Lamarcus Joyner, CB Marcus Roberson, LB Daren Bates, WR Damian Williams, OT Brandon Washington, TE Alex Bayer, DT Alex Carrington

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Richie Incognito is no Bill Romanowski

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a busy Saturday for Denver's AFCW competitors.

The always receiver-needy Chiefs visited with Santonio Holmes, days after he was cut loose by Chicago.

Kansas City also extended pending free agent DE Allen Bailey with a four-year deal said to include a $10M signing bonus and $15M in guarantees.

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A Second Helping of DeMarcus Ware against Oakland

One of the amazing things about elite athletes is the way they marry natural skill with endless practice. The fundamentals are always what a player, coach, or team goes back to when things are hard.

DeMarcus Ware showed off some of the keys to any lineman’s play during Denver's Week 10 win at Oakland.

Everyone notices when an elite player makes a splash play, and Ware has made more than his share over the years. But on many of his true splash plays, you barely see how he does it.

Early on, the Raiders knew they were going to struggle to keep Derek Carr’s uniform clean.

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If you do anything today, go read this story about Demaryius Thomas

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As usual, there are a lot of links below, many of them related to the Broncos.

But the best read of all isn't about matchups, or schemes, or injuries, or about film study.

It's about Demaryius Thomas, his mother, her mother, and their heartbreaking past and present together.

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Nate Irving to undergo knee surgery; Virgil Green doubtful

Nate Irving will soon undergo surgery on his injured knee. The fourth-year linebacker has a partially torn MCL, but the Broncos reportedly think he may have a torn ACL as well. The team placed Irving on IR.

As expected, Ronnie Hillman has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

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