Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFC playoff picture took another fascinating turn last night, as Justin Tucker booted the Ravens (8-6) to an 18-16 win over the Lions (7-7).
Tucker made six field goals on the night, including a last-minute 61-yard kick that gives Baltimore (and Miami) control over their playoff destiny.
If the Ravens can knock off the Patriots and Bengals, and the Dolphins beat the Bills and Jets, Baltimore would take the AFCN, while Miami would nab the #6 seed.
That would leave Cincy on the outside looking in, and if you'll recall, they had a chance on Sunday night to move into position for the #2 seed.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Things had taken a rough turn in Broncos Land there for a few days.
Following Thursday's loss to San Diego, the #1 seed was seemingly gone forever, with the road to Super Bowl 48 going through Foxboro.
And then Sunday happened, and aside from the Chiefs' throttling of the Raiders, a whole let went Denver's way.
First, the Patriots fell short at Miami, fumbling their golden chance to control the AFC's #1 seed.
Kansas City (11-3) forced seven turnovers in an opportunistic 56-31 mauling of Oakland (4-10), clinching a playoff berth only a year after having gone 2-14.
The win pulls the Chiefs into a tie with Denver atop of the AFCW, but the Broncos' season sweep of the Chiefs means KC would need a better overall record to overtake them for the division title.
It was vintage Captain Checkdown, as Alex Smith threw five touchdown passes and completed 17 of his 20 attempts, with his wideouts totaling just six of those catches.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jason La Canfora, the Broncos plan to extend John Fox's contract in the upcoming offseason, which is pretty much a no-brainer.
Fox is currently in the third season of a four-year deal that reportedly pays him around $3.5M annually.
As La Canfora notes, this is on the cheap side as far as experienced NFL head men go, so look for Foxy to land a significant raise this winter.
The Broncos have gone 32-14 and made the playoffs in all three of Fox's seasons, although they've only gone 1-2 in the postseason, with each loss having come in the divisional round.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Obviously, Friday was a rough day at Dove Valley, and the mini-bye before next week's game at Houston has quite a sting to it.
Yet, how many times have we heard/read this year that the defense is really comfortable against a hurry-up or no-huddle offense, since it practices against one EVERY DAY?
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Okay, so it's not that happy of a Friday, given what happened last night.
Let's open with something of a longwinded rhetorical question, and no, this is not in any way a suggestion that John Fox be fired. Not even close.
Over the past couple of seasons, we've been highly critical of Fox's fourth-down decisions, whether they be punts or field goal attempts.
Often, the counterargument is that Fox is not making the play calls, or that he is a great motivator who has the pulse of his team, rather than a micromanaging technocrat. He just wins!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no two ways about it; playing two NFL games within a span of five days is just ludicrous.
But if the Broncos are able to emerge with a win tonight, and avoid major injury, having played on Thursday night will look pretty good on Friday, and especially, on Sunday.
Obviously, we're putting the cart before the horse here, but a win would keep the pressure on the Chiefs and Patriots, while the Broncos would have an extra few days to rest up for their Week 16 trip to Houston.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Expectedly, Wes Welker will not play in Denver's game against San Diego on Thursday night.
Although John Fox has not said so publicly, Ian Rapoport says the concussed wideout has indeed been ruled out.
Against Tennessee on Sunday, Welker suffered his second head injury in just 22 days.
Along with Welker, Derek Wolfe and C.J. Anderson were held out on Tuesday; Wolfe is not expected to play either, while illness kept Anderson from practicing.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Despite his best efforts to the contrary, Mike Shanahan is apparently still employed.
Dan Snyder and his lawyers are reportedly busy trying to figure out whether they can fire Shanny for cause and withhold his $7M salary for 2014. Of course, this is familiar territory for Shanahan, who famously had a similar dispute with Al Davis over his 1989 firing.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With yesterday's win over Tennessee, Denver became the first AFC team to clinch a playoff berth, while simultaneously helping Indy back into the AFCS title.
Let's take a quick peek at Denver's clinching scenarios for Week 15.
If the Broncos are able to take care of business against the Chargers on Thursday night, a Chiefs loss at Oakland on Sunday afternoon would clinch the AFCW for Denver.
Should both of those occur, the addition of a Cincy loss or tie at Pittsburgh on SNF would clinch a first-round bye for the Broncos.