Chargers loss gives Broncos lead on entire AFCW

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a full game lead on the rest of the AFCW today, thanks to a late comeback win by the Cardinals on Monday.

Arizona scored 12 fourth-quarter points to knock off San Diego 18-17, with Carson Palmer directing a game-winning 91-yard drive.

Philip Rivers was intercepted once and had a key late fumble that pushed San Diego out of field goal range.

Center Nick Hardwick suffered an ankle injury of unknown severity during the loss.

As Doug Farrar sees it, Rivers may already be missing the influence of former OC Ken Whisenhunt, now coaching Tennessee.

An 0-2 start seems quite likely, as the Chargers will host the Seahawks on Sunday.

Broncos

Before there's a vote on a new drug policy, the Broncos' players will need to elect a new union rep, as they haven't found a replacement for Joel Dreessen.

Chris Harris acknowledges he's not in good enough shape yet to play a full complement of snaps.

While his injury limited him to 39 snaps, Nate Irving still racked up an impressive +2.6 grade from PFF.

Troy Renck focuses on the fine NFL debut of Bradley Roby.

Chris Burke was reminded on Sunday that Julius Thomas is in line for a big payday; Cecil Lammey says Julius's production could rival Jimmy Graham's this season.

Joan Niesen says there's no doubting that Manning is now a Coloradan and a Bronco.

Michael Powell chronicles marijuana-laced tailgating in Denver and the stupid things written/said about Manning and Andrew Luck.

Chiefs

Andy Reid has many regrets from Sunday's thumping by the Titans; giving the team's best player only 11 touches is clearly among them.

Reality appears to have set in that the Chiefs just aren't as good as they were last year.

Jason Hirschhorn says Alex Smith's new contract reminds him of the albatross KC gave Matt Cassel.

Ray Rice

According to TMZ, the NFL never requested to see the elevator video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee.

Incredibly, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh says he still fully supports Rice.

Keith Olbermann and Jason Whitlock say Roger Goodell should turn in his resignation.

Mike Florio maintains that the league could have gotten access to the video, if they really had wanted to.

Joe FortenbaughMichael RosenbergGreg Bedard, and PFT Commenter react to Rice's release and suspension.

News

Detroit trounced the Giants 35-14, as Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson for two touchdowns.

Transactions: Seattle placed CB Jeremy Lane on short-term IR and replaced him with Josh Thomas. 

Injuries: Tennessee LB Zach Brown (torn pec); Chicago center Roberto Garza (high ankle sprain).

Analysis

Matt Bowen breaks down tape from Week 1, including Julius Thomas's second touchdown of the night.

Brian Burke considers the value of a coach's replay challenge.

Robert Mays offers an ode to the Arizona secondary.

Undrafted Jacksonville wideout Allen Hurns had one of the best rookie debuts of the past 45 years.

Peyton Manning ranked fourth among quarterbacks in DYAR in Week 1.

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