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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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Sunday could be Denver’s last visit to Oakland, ever

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Will tomorrow be the Broncos' final game in Oakland?

It's possible.

The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at Coliseum, and on Friday, they entertained officials from San Antonio about a potential move there.

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They’re still the Bungles, after all

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday night brought another dud, as Cleveland (6-3) dealt a 24-3 drubbing to their in-state rival Bengals (5-3-1).

The Browns are now tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFCN, and have already won their most games since 2007, when they missed the playoffs at 10-6.

Cleveland outgained Cincy 368-165 and picked off Andy Dalton three times, holding him to a measly 72 net passing yards.

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Montee Ball the latest Bronco to slim down

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Montee Ball has made a limited return to practice this week, but it's unclear whether he'll play Sunday.

Ball is down to 210 pounds from a pre-appendectomy weight of 224 and pre-groin injury weight of 220, and much like Von Miller, says he's loving his leaner build.

But even with Ronnie Hillman's struggles at New England, Montee is under no illusion that the starting gig will be handed back to him.

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Broncos still #1, if barely

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As one might have suspected, the Broncos' statistical ratings have taken something of a hit after their latest Foxboro debacle.

They're still ranked #1 overall according to Advanced Football AnalyticsFootball Outsiders, and PFR, but their lead in each site's metric has slimmed considerably.

Again, we can take comfort in that SRS says Denver has faced the toughest schedule to date, and the slate should ease up substantially.

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The AFC is clearly this year’s power conference

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Indy (6-3) joined Denver and Pittsburgh in the AFC's six-win club with a 40-24 disembowelment of the Giants (3-5).

Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to give the Colts a 40-10 lead before the G-Men tacked on a pair of late scores.

Indy has a healthy two-game lead in the AFCS and are off next week before they host New England (who's also on bye) in an enormous Week 11 matchup.

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