Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's win pulled them back to within a game of the first place Chiefs, who had their bye in advance of the teams' SNF showdown at SAF@MH.
Of course, the focus until then will be on the right ankle of Peyton Manning, who will undergo an MRI today.
Woody Paige expects Corey Liuget's late and low hit to draw a fine from the NFL, but that won't help Manning heal up, or prevent other opponents from inflicting further damage.
The unfortunate reality is that in order for Peyton's ankle(s) to heal, the Broncos' offensive line is going to have to play nearly flawlessly, and for multiple weeks.
That's likely too much to ask, meaning his next opportunity to rest up may not come until Denver locks up its playoff seed early, earns a bye, or their season ends.
Nate Irving will also undergo an MRI today, to diagnose the severity of his right shoulder injury.
In a nice gesture that doesn't figure to go over well with the coaches, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took it into his own hands to have former longtime Charger Quentin Jammer start the game in his place.
Manning was 9-for-9 with three touchdowns on play-action passes.
Andrew Mason sees reason to feel confident that Peyton Manning will suit up against Kansas City.
Joan Niesen says Demaryius Thomas is the anti-diva, especially within the locker room.
Baltimore (4-5) overcame a disastrous tip drill play at the end of regulation to beat Cincy (6-4) in overtime, 20-17. The Bengals completed a comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit with Andy Dalton's last-second 51-yard Hail Mary pass, which Ravens safety James Ihedigbo inexplicably tipped to A.J. Green.
Jacksonville (1-8) got off the schneid with a 29-27 upset victory at Tennessee (4-5), leaving the Bucs (who host the Dolphins tonight) as the lone winless team.
Pittsburgh (3-6) handed Buffalo (3-7) a 23-10 beatdown.
Indy (6-3) got shellacked 38-8 at home by St. Louis (4-6), as Austin scored three touchdowns - a 98-yard punt return, and receptions of 57 and 81 yards.
Arizona (5-4) overcame three turnovers and three Case Keenum touchdown passes in handing Houston (2-7) a 27-24 loss, their seventh in a row.
Oakland (3-6) fell 24-20 to the Giants (3-6), who won their third straight game following an 0-6 start. Former Bronco Andre Brown ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, and Eli Manning and Terrelle Pryor combined to complete just 23 passes among 48 attempts.
Seattle (9-1) destroyed the Falcons (2-7) in Atlanta by a 33-10 score; Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, while Marshawn Lynch added 145 rushing yards and one score.
New Orleans (7-2) set a new NFL record with 40 first downs in their 49-17 demolition of Dallas (5-5), who managed just 193 yards and nine first downs against Rob Ryan's defense.
Carolina (6-3) won its fifth straight game, this one a narrow 10-9 slugfest over San Francisco (6-3).
Detroit (6-3) took over first place in the NFCN with a 21-19 win over Chicago (5-4), sealed by a failed last-minute two-point attempt by the Bears. Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall each had two touchdown catches, while Jay Cutler appeared to aggravate his groin injury and was pulled for Chicago's final drive.
Nick Foles added three more touchdown passes as Philly (5-5) evened its record with a 27-13 defeat of the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers (5-4). Foles has thrown for 10 touchdowns over the past two weeks, despite having completed only 32 passes.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers shot down a report by Ian Rapoport that the QB plans to seek a trade this offseason, while Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff vociferously denied that coach Mike Smith is in trouble.
Tim Tebow is apparently getting closer to accepting that his NFL career is over, and has hired a broadcast agent to help him land a job as a college football television analyst.
Typical of racist assholes, Richie Incognito claimed during his interview with Jay Glazer that he shouldn't be labeled a racist just because he uses the most racist word in existence. Memo: people who say racist things are racists.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reportedly texted a message of support to Jonathan Martin last week.
Mike Silver says Miami GM Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin figure to lose their jobs over this mess.
Incognito was reportedly involved in a nightclub fight in June, and was summoned to the league office prior to the 2012 season to answer for his off-field incidents.
Along with Deitsch, Bob Raissman is disappointed that Glazer didn't ask about the golf outing molestation accusations against Incognito, while Dave Zirin finds it curious that Glazer didn't mention the puppy meme when saying he saw the "threatening text" Martin sent Incognito.
The Titans lost QB Jake Locker to what they believe is a Lisfranc injury that will require season-ending surgery.
In his MMQB column, Peter King says Denver's is among the few locker rooms strong enough to absorb Richie Incognito down the stretch. Shudder to think...
Chris Burke considers whether Bears coach Marc Trestman erred by leaving Jay Cutler in long enough for his injuries to worsen.
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