Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Among Denver's 53-man roster, only Derek Wolfe was held out of practice on Wednesday.
Nine others were listed as full participants, with Joel Dreessen even seeing Wednesday action for the first time in months.
Shaun Phillips returned from the illness that sent him home on Monday, while Duke Ihenacho and Steve Vallos have been fully cleared from the concussions they'd suffered in the season's last two weeks.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As promised, TJ will be along later this afternoon with a look back at the Week 15 loss to the Chargers.
Until then, check out Chris Burke's analysis over at SI.
Aside from the lame (and super obvious) explanation that beating Peyton Manning is all about hitting him and getting physical with his receivers (as if this doesn't apply to every QB), it's often said that the key is dictating to Peyton.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! When they lost to San Diego in Week 15, Denver was without Derek Wolfe, Champ Bailey, and Wes Welker.
This time, they will have Bailey and Welker, but not Von Miller, and it's a near certainty they'll be sans Wolfe, according to Mike Klis.
Per Klis, the soonest Wolfe could return to the field would be the Super Bowl, and he even characterizes that as a "longshot."
But it is worth noting that the second-year lineman is still on the active roster, at least for now.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's relatively easy to dismiss the Chargers as a playoff opponent, especially since they have the league's least efficient defense.
However, San Diego somehow managed to allow the 11th fewest points in the league this year, and just 98 points over its past six games.
And although the Broncos piled on 28 points in their first 34 minutes against the Chargers in 2013, they managed just 20 points over the next 86 minutes.
Even including that explosive first half of the Week 10 game, San Diego held Denver to its two lowest outputs of the season in terms of yards and first downs.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In just a few hours, Denver will know the identity of its next opponent - the Chargers if they win in Cincy, and if not, then the Colts.
There are storylines galore in either matchup, starting with the QB showdown between Peyton Manning and either Philip Rivers or Andrew Luck.
Unfortunately, a rematch with Indy would again dredge up all of the Peyton/Indy/Colts talk, and it would mean another week of Jim Irsay's bro-tastic meatheadishness.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the playoffs opening this afternoon, Denver's players have the weekend off to rest up and learn their next opponent.
Oddly, some of the players say they won't even watch the games, at least not in their entirety.
They won't know who their next opponent is for certain until tomorrow, because if the Chargers can pull off the upset at Cincy, then San Diego will come to Denver next week.
San Diego is the sixth seed, and of course, as the number-one seed, Denver will host the lowest seeded team that remains after tomorrow.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With the NFCN champion Packers set to host the Wild Card Niners on Sunday afternoon, the issue of regular season won/lost records and seeding is again a hot topic.
Frankly, it's difficult to justify an 8-7-1 team like Green Bay getting better seeding than a 12-4 team like San Francisco.
But it's at least as hard to come up with a fair solution to the problem.
The NFL says it's considering seeding teams based upon their records, rather than favoring division winners.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the regular season in the books, ANS has posted its final efficiency rankings for 2013.
Denver finishes at #3 overall; they never ranked lower than that during the season. Seattle remains at #1, New Orleans is just ahead of Denver, with Cincy right behind them.
On offense, the Broncos are #1 overall: #1 in passing, #5 (tie) running, #1 (tie) at avoiding interceptions, and #24 (tie) in fumble avoidance.
Defensively, they end at a respectable #14 overall: #14 (tie) against the pass, #3 (tie) versus the run, #14 (tie) at intercepting passes.
Happy New Year, Broncos fans! It appears the first head coaching hiring will be Bill O'Brien by Houston.
It's being reported that the Texans have reached agreement on a contract with the PSU coach, and the deal is expected to be announced within the next few days.
O'Brien would be walking into a plum job - a loaded defense, playmakers Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and DeAndre Hopkins, and the first-overall pick with which to select a franchise quarterback, presumably Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.
Happy NYE, Broncos fans! Although Denver has a bye, and thus a window for assistants to interview for head vacancies elsewhere, Adam Gase has opted to wait until the Broncos' playoff run ends.
Cleveland and Minnesota had sought permission from Denver to meet with Gase, but the 35-year-old OC says his focus remains with the Broncos.
Whether his reasoning is sincere, or if he's simply waiting for a more attractive position to open (ie. one with a functional quarterback), we figure Gase has at worst the fallback of coaching Peyton Manning for another year.