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Broncos will host a banged up Niners squad

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If you only watched the first quarter of Monday's game, you might have come away thinking the Broncos face an easy task on Sunday night.

The Rams (1-4) and Austin Davis jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, but it was mostly Niners from there on out.

Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes and piled up 380 yards of sack- and turnover-free yardage, and San Francisco (4-2) emerged with a 31-17 road win.

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Ronnie Hillman fumbles a lot, but he’s got company

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yes, Ronnie Hillman did look pretty good on Sunday.

It's great that he hit the 100-yard mark in his first career start, and that it went a long way to helping Denver win.

But the superlatives of the past 17 or so hours are just a bit much.

There was still that fumble.

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Rex Ryan’s job reportedly safe for now

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's been talk all week that Rex Ryan is coaching for his job.

According to Ian Rapoport, speaking on NFL GameDay Morning, that's not the case.

In an apparent attempt to quiet that chatter, the Jets are putting out word that owner Woody Johnson won't consider Rex's status until after the season.

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Saints reporter to Jahri Evans: Come At Me Bro

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As is their habit when facing 1pm ET kickoffs, the team headed east to New Jersey on Friday.

Montee Ball is of course out, while seven others are listed as probable. Of those seven, five were full practice participants throughout the week.

Juwan Thompson was upgraded to a full participant on Friday and is expected to play, while Michael Schofield returned after having mourned the loss of his aunt (at just 46).

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Colts hold off comeback attempt by Texans, J.J. Watt

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, wouldn't you know, a football game broke out last night.

Indy (4-2) jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead over Houston (3-3) before holding on for a 33-28 road win.

After an early field goal, Pat McAfee recovered his own onside kick, and the rout was on.

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Is this Ronnie Hillman’s last big chance with the Broncos?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's hard to believe this is just Ronnie Hillman's third season in Denver, isn't it?

It almost feels like he's running out of chances with the Broncos, and that he really needs to take advantage of his current one, which figures to include his first career start.

Perhaps it's the preseason gaffes, or how much his four career fumbles (in only 179 touches) stand out in the mind.

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Demaryius Thomas named AFC Offensive POW for second time

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive POW for his Week 5 explosion.

After a slow start to the season that included several drops, Thomas caught eight passes for two touchdowns and a franchise record 226 yards.

Over Denver's first three games, Demaryius had totaled only 13 catches for 141 yards and one score.

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The Jets are one hot mess

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Seattle (3-1) continued its winning ways on Monday night with a 27-17 decision at Washington (1-4).

Russell Wilson passed for two scores and rushed for another, adding 122 yards on the ground to 178 net passing yards.

Neither touchdown pass went to Percy Harvin, who maddeningly had three scores called back by penalty.

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Mike Holmgren reportedly visited Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Having dispatched one of the league's last unbeaten teams with relative ease, the Broncos will face a squad at the other end of the spectrum in Week 6.

Denver heads east to play the Jets, who find themselves amidst a four-game losing streak and turmoil that grows by the day.

It's the longest streak of futility of Rex Ryan's tenure, and he attempted to take all of the blame for Sunday's 31-0 debacle in San Diego.

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Study suggests college players report fewer than 4% of possible concussions

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A couple of notes on coaching jobs from Gary Myers:

Raiders owner Mark Davis seems obsessed with bringing back Jon Gruden to coach in Oakland after he fired Dennis Allen last week. If Davis gives Gruden total control, this might be the job he takes...

Speculation is the University of Michigan wants Ravens coach John Harbaugh if Brady Hoke gets fired. If not John, then Jim, the 49ers coach and former Wolverines quarterback...

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