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Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders may play against Dolphins

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pittsburgh (7-4) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to slip out of Tennessee (2-8) with a 27-24 victory on Monday night.

Le'Veon Bell scored once and piled up 222 yards on 35 touches.

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Nate Washington just before halftime, but his first-quarter interception went for a pick-six by William Gay.

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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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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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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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So much for the Bills’ latest playoff dream

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So many times over the years, we've seen the Bills tease their fans with mini-runs that suggested future playoff berths.

This year, they've had two such stretches, opening 2-0 with E.J. Manuel at QB and then winning three of four with Kyle Orton.

At 5-3, they were in prime playoff position, with an outside chance at challenging the Patriots in the AFCE.

But as usual, the Bills (5-5) and Orton have crashed with a pair of ugly losses in five days, including a 22-9 dud at Miami (6-4) on Thursday night.

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Thank You, Terrance Knighton

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, who do we have to thank for Denver having unearthed Brandon Marshall?

Terrance Knighton, apparently.

According to Troy Renck, Marshall had a choice between Oakland and Denver when the Jaguars released him for the third time.

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PFF finally thinks Derek Wolfe is pretty good

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As the season lengthens, each game has less of an effect on a team's statistical rankings.

Indeed, Denver's placement among the measures we follow remains steady.

The Broncos remain #1 according to the metrics at Advanced Football Analytics, Pro Football Reference, and Football Outsiders.

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The Sanchize is back!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Road games are supposed to be tough, but let's be honest - the Rams are terrible, especially in the fourth quarters of games.

Sure, they have a couple of big divisional wins over the Seahawks and Niners, but there's something about divisional matchups.

And of course, there are quite a few teams that have beaten the Seahawks and Niners this year.

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Jay Cutler still sucks, and Matt Prater is still not automatic

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We'll open with a couple of notes from Sunday's Lions/Dolphins game.

Detroit (7-2) overcame a special-teams nightmare to pull off a last-minute 20-16 victory on a touchdown pass by Matthew Stafford.

Of direct interest to the Broncos, the Dolphins (5-4) lost left tackle Branden Albert for the season to a knee injury.

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Paige: It’s Super Bowl win or bust for John Fox

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Is John Fox coaching for his job? Woody Paige says he is.

According to Paige, it's Super Bowl or bust for Fox:

John Fox is coaching for his job. If the Broncos don't reach, and win, the Super Bowl this year, Fox will be gone.

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