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Emmanuel Sanders has taken Denver’s passing offense up a notch

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Seven games don't quite make a season, but how about Emmanuel Sanders' 2014 campaign?

Denver's free agent bargain is now tied for fifth in the league in catches, is eighth in yards, and has just one touchdown fewer than he did in his first three seasons.

His season totals are already the second best of his career, and he needs only another 20 catches, 106 yards, and two scores to match his 2013 figures.

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Seems like everyday is a referendum on Peyton Manning’s greatness

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With their emphatic win last night, Denver matched Dallas for the best record in the NFL.

Of course, that's pending the rest of this week's games, including a matchup between the two 5-1 squads, Philly at Arizona.

On a programming note, we've updated last night's recap to include links to videos and analysis.

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Broncos say they’ve given up on extending Thomases in-season

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not that anyone was expecting otherwise, but the Broncos put off contract talks with the Thomases until after the season.

In the spring, John Elway had set the start of training camp as a public deadline for extending Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Once camp started, he stated that the team was willing to keep talking into the preseason.

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What about Brock?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! All of the talk recently has rightly been about Peyton Manning. But what about his backup?

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says he can't see Brock Osweiler signing a second contract if Manning plays out his own deal, which runs through 2016.

Brock is signed through 2015, and has attempted all of 21 passes in his 2.4 seasons.

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Steelers unleash 73 seconds of hell on bumbling Texans

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pittsburgh (4-3) used a wild three-touchdown flurry before halftime to take down Houston (3-4) on MNF.

Houston went up 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, and Pittsburgh kicked a field goal with 3:08 remaining before half.

From there, all hell broke loose, at least from Houston's perspective.

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A collection of thoughts on Peyton Manning, all-time touchdown pass recordholder

Since the moment he signed in Denver, it's been all about Peyton Manning, and that's true today more than ever.

On Sunday night, Peyton broke one of the greatest individual records in sports, and showed that whenever he retires, he's likely to have reset the bar in another stratosphere.

This is, naturally, as fine a time as any to celebrate Manning's illustrious career, even while he shows no signs of slowing down.

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Report: Seahawks tried to dump Percy Harvin on Broncos

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Percy Harvin trade remains front and center on this Sunday.

Incredibly, the conditional 2015 pick the Jets will send to Seattle tops out at a fourth-rounder.

It had first been reported by John Clayton that the pick could be as high as a second-rounder.

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In Percy Harvin, the Jets added a real peach to their locker room

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The apparent reasons behind Seattle's trade of Percy Harvin continue to emerge:

  • Harvin reportedly fought with Doug Baldwin during the preseason, leaving a cut on the latter's chin.
  • He's also said to have pulled himself from Sunday's loss against Dallas and refused to re-enter the game.
  • One source tells PFT the Seahawks coaches feared Harvin could lead a mutiny against Russell Wilson.

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Maybe the Broncos’ win over the Jets wasn’t so bad, after all

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The Jets (1-6) nearly knocked off New England (5-2) on Thursday night, but for a blocked 58-yard field goal attempt at the gun.

New Jersey pounded out 28 first downs, 218 rushing yards, 80 offensive plays, and held the ball for 40:54 of turnover-free football, but it wasn't quite enough, as the Pats emerged with a 27-25 win.

Mind you, these were the same Jets whom Denver held to 31 rushing yards on 15 carries just five days ago.

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Marvin Lewis says concussions are worse nowadays, because of the media

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! By now, we all understand that concussions are no small matter.

Right?

Right, professional head football coach Marvin Lewis?

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