Good Morning, Broncos fans! Green Bay (10-3) held off a furious second half rally to edge Atlanta 43-37 on Monday night.
The Packers jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead, but it nearly wasn't enough. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan combined for seven touchdown passes in the shootout.
Jordy Nelson piled up eight receptions for 146 yards and two scores, while Julio Jones had 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort.
The Broncos re-signed punt returner Isaiah Burse to their practice squad on Monday after he cleared waivers. Denver had cut Burse on Saturday to make room for Brandon McManus, who was promoted to handle kickoffs.
Burse takes the spot of offensive lineman Mark Asper, who had been signed to the practice squad three weeks ago.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, last night's Patriots win wasn't as helpful to Denver's cause as I'd thought.
I'd written a few times yesterday that a New England victory would set Denver up to clinch the AFCW with a win at San Diego next week.
But as noted by an astute reader last night, a Broncos win would give them a season sweep of the Chargers and an AFCW title even if San Diego had won last night.
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.
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.
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.
Inactives: Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Kayvon Webster, Cody Latimer, Quinton Carter, Michael Schofield, Chris Clark
Bills - WR Mike Williams, DE Jarius Wynn, TE Chris Gragg, S Bacarri Rambo, FB Frank Summers, OL Cyrus Kouandjio, LB Randell Johnson
Enjoy the game, and Go Chargers (those words are incredibly hard to write)!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With a win today against Buffalo, Denver (9-3) can substantially improve its playoff position, one way or another.
San Diego (8-4) hosts New England (9-3) in the night game, in a matchup that obviously contains major AFC implications. Obviously, we'll all be rooting for the Chargers, as uncomfortable a concept that may be.
Wins by Denver and San Diego would give the Broncos a leg up in the race for the #1 seed and homefield advantage.