Good Morning, Broncos fans! As big as Denver's victory was, they'll be right back to it with a road trip to Foxboro next weekend.
Fortunately, they'll have an extra day of rest on the Patriots (7-2), who travel to face the surging Panthers (6-3) and their monstrous defensive line tonight.
The biggest storyline will appropriately be the fourteenth showdown between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
But much attention will surely be paid the status of Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion on Sunday night.
As per the league's new concussion protocol, Welker may only practice on a limited basis until Friday, which of course is when the final injury report will be released.
Obviously, we have no crystal ball, but it will be quite surprising to not see Welker suit up on Sunday night for his homecoming.
As for those with that all-important locker room access, "chances are" that Wes "doesn't want to miss" the game.
That, my friends, is some killer insight.
Shaun Phillips hit his first sack-based incentive last night, earning an extra $400K for hitting (and surpassing) the eight-sack mark. Many of us might have expected that to occur, but after just ten games? Wow.
One of Peyton Manning's Denver Papa John's stores was reportedly robbed during the game last night.
Paul Klee doesn't think last night was that big of a deal, and of course, we agree.
Ashley Fox says Peyton Manning's desperate desire to add another ring has him suiting up when he probably shouldn't be.
When Jeff Legwold talks about how people doubted Denver's defense, is he including himself?
Mike Foss thinks the Broncos made clear that they're the NFL's team to beat.
Dave Krieger is puzzled that Kansas City didn't have Sean Smith trail Demaryius Thomas across the field, instead allowing Thomas to match up with rookie Marcus Cooper.
Matt Bowen explains where Cooper went wrong on the 70-yard catch-and-run by Thomas that set up Denver's first touchdown.
Obviously, Bill Barnwell was stunned (as were we) that Andy Reid opted to kick a chip-shot field goal against one of the highest scoring offenses in NFL history.
Frank Schwab says that while KC did nothing to beat themselves, they also did nothing to beat the Broncos.
Somehow, the Chargers (4-6) found a way to score just 16 points during a game when they racked up 435 yards against just one turnover, and they fell 20-16 at Miami (5-5).
Matt McGloin (!) threw three touchdown passes to lead Oakland (4-6) to a 28-23 win at Houston (2-8), handing the Texans their eighth consecutive defeat. McGloin is just the fourth undrafted rookie to start at QB in the past ten years, joining Buffalo's Jeff Tuel, who nearly beat the Chiefs last week.
Gary Kubiak, in his first game back from his mini-stroke, yanked Case Keenum for Matt Schaub in the third quarter, and after the Texans were unable to punch in the winning touchdown in the closing seconds, Schaub got into it with Andre Johnson on the sideline.
Although Johnson tried to downplay the confrontation with Schaub, he sounds less than enthusiastic about having a long-term contract with the reeling Texans.
Cincy (7-4) spotted Cleveland (4-6) 13 early points, but roared back with 31 of their own in the second quarter in cruising to a 41-20 win over their in-state rivals.
The Jets (5-5) continued their bizarre seesaw season, coming back from their bye (after a rousing upset of the Saints) to a total dud in the form of a 37-14 loss at Buffalo (4-7). The Bills defense held Geno Smith to 8-of-23 passing, sacking and turning him over four times each.
Chicago (6-4) endured a two-hour rain delay and edged Baltimore (4-6) in overtime, 23-20.
Pittsburgh (4-6) topped Detroit (6-4) in a wild back-and-forth 37-27 affair; the Steelers first jumped to a 14-0 advantage, before the Lions roared back to take a 27-20 lead. But the home team closed the game out with 17 unanswered points, including two late touchdown passes by Ben Roethlisberger.
Gold star to anyone who thought before the season that Arizona would start 6-4. They got there with a 27-14 win over Jacksonville (1-9), led by 419 yards and two touchdowns from Carson Palmer. There was a silver lining (if it can be called that) for the hapless Jags, who scored their first home touchdown of the season.
Seattle (10-1) mauled Minnesota (2-8) 41-20 as Percy Harvin made his season debut against his former team.
Philly (6-5) won its third straight game, this one a 24-16 decision over Washington (3-7), which put 16 fourth-quarter points' worth of lipstick on the pig. The Eagles are 5-2 since the Broncos walloped them in Denver and sit atop the NFCE, a half-game ahead of the idle Cowboys.
The Giants (4-6) topped the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers (5-5) for their fourth straight victory after having opened the season 0-6. The 27-13 decision was sealed by the hosts' third interception of Scott Tolzien, a pick-six by Jason Pierre-Paul.
Tampa Bay (2-8) dragged Atlanta (2-8) down to the NFCS cellar in a 41-28 game that wasn't nearly that close; Bobby Rainey went off for 167 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, and the Bucs have now won two straight.
Washington LT Trent Williams and former Bronco Korey Lichtensteiger say the officiating crew verbally attacked them during the team's loss to Philly.
Ravens GM and HOFer Ozzie Newsome was hospitalized Sunday night in Chicago, but is reportedly doing fine, and headed back to Baltimore.
The NFL reportedly suspects that line coach Jim Turner played a significant role in whatever bullying may have occcurred in the Miami locker room.
Mike Tanier says Jim Harbaugh & Co. have completely stripped down the Niners passing offense, giving Colin Kaepernick nothing to work with.
Robert Mays discusses the frustration of watching the 2013 Lions.