Good Morning, Broncos fans! With a win today against Buffalo, Denver (9-3) can substantially improve its playoff position, one way or another.
San Diego (8-4) hosts New England (9-3) in the night game, in a matchup that obviously contains major AFC implications. Obviously, we'll all be rooting for the Chargers, as uncomfortable a concept that may be.
Wins by Denver and San Diego would give the Broncos a leg up in the race for the #1 seed and homefield advantage.
A New England win would be less ideal, but combined with a Broncos win, it would stretch Denver's AFCW lead to two games and give them a chance to wrap up the division next week at San Diego.
The Pats' remaining slate has them hosting Miami, visiting the LOLJets, and hosting Buffalo to close things out. So tonight figures to be the Broncos' most plausible path to homefield advantage for a third straight year.
But first things first.
According to Jeff Legwold, Denver had re-signing Brandon McManus in the backs of their minds as soon as they replaced him with Connor Barth. Which is kind of strange when you think about it...
DeMarcus Ware says he's far healthier this year than last, and he strongly prefers Denver's defensive scheme to Dallas's.
Along those lines, Derek Wolfe says he's only now getting back to playing like he knows he can, after last year's health scares.
For all of Denver's recent changes, Greg Cosell has been most surprised to see Peyton Manning under center instead of in shotgun.
In a terrific profile for the Buffalo News, Tim Graham collects memories from former Manning backups Steve Walsh, Mark Rypien, and Kelly Holcomb.
The return of Kyle Orton to Denver is apparently an opportunity for Mike Klis to reminisce about the Tebow days.
Jerry Sullivan says it's been an awfully long time since the Bills played a game as big as today's, but he thinks they'll need some magic to pull off the upset.
Mark Schlereth awakened slumbering Bills fans by predicting a 100-0 Broncos win.
Just when you thought Dan Snyder's hot mess couldn't be more laughable, it's suggested he may already fire Jay Gruden over the rookie coach's reluctance to work with RG3.
According to Jason La Canfora, Jim Harbaugh is much likelier to become Oakland's next head coach than is Jon Gruden.
Andrew Healy and Vince Verhei preview the afternoon showdown of Seattle at Philly.