So much for the NFC East

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We already discussed the Chargers' crushing 20-17 loss at Tennessee yesterday, and of course, the Chiefs are sitting at 3-0 following their Thursday night thrashing of the Eagles.

Tonight, Denver will have a chance to rejoin Kansas City atop the AFCW with a win over the visiting Raiders, who are coming off a home win over the hapless Jaguars.

Aside from the sweet memories of that win over Jacksonville (who got smoked 45-17 by the Seahawks yesterday), we're figuring this embarrassment will be the highlight of Oakland's night.

Broncos/Raiders

NFL Films previews the game; Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez joined HOFer Anthony Munoz in hosting a football camp at Dove Valley on Sunday.

Bubba Caldwell says there was a lot of hard offseason work behind his having beaten out draftee Tavarres King for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Andrew Mason, Mike Klis, Jeff Legwold, and Paul Klee share their keys to tonight's game.

Klee stretches quite a bit in likening Terrelle Pryor and his first three starts to Tim Tebow and his.

Dusty Saunders revisits the Broncos' first appearance on MNF, a 23-23 tie against Oakland.

Starting LB Sio Moore suffered a concussion in a car accident on Saturday and has been listed as questionable. If he's unable to play, Kaluka Maiava would start in his place at the Sam.

AFC

New England (3-0) dispatched the Bucs (0-3) by a 23-3 score on the strength of two Tom Brady touchdown passes to rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins. Mike Tanier says the Bucs have managed to take over the crown of NFL laughingstock from the LOLJets.

Miami (3-0) remains unbeaten following their 27-23 victory over the visiting Falcons (1-2), capped by a last-minute touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Dion Sims.

Baltimore (2-1) won by a 30-9 margin over the visiting Texans (2-1); Don Banks recaps the game.

Indy (2-1) stomped the host Niners (1-2) in a 27-7 stunner; Trent Richardson scored on his first carry for the Colts, and Andrew Luck and Ahmad Bradshaw added touchdown runs of their own. San Francisco controversially played Aldon Smith just two days after his DUI arrest, and the star LB is now said to be headed for in-patient rehab. Niners RB Frank Gore was said to have had sharp words for coach Jim Harbaugh after receiving just four second-half carries.

Cincy (2-1) defeated the visiting Packers (1-2) 34-30 by balancing four first-half giveaways with four takeaways, including a game-deciding fumble return touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Jets are 2-1 after a 27-20 win over the visiting Bills (1-2); the deciding score was a fourth-quarter 69-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Santonio Holmes. Smith's first touchdown pass of the game marked the team's first to a wideout in 270 attempts.

Chicago (3-0) managed just 258 yards of offense but still whipped the host Steelers 40-23 by turning them over five times. The victory came with a heavy price, as franchise-tagged DT Henry Melton reportedly tore his ACL.

Despite their apparent effort to tank for Teddy Bridgewater, Cleveland (1-2) got 321 yards and three touchdown passes (all to TE Jordan Cameron) from third-string QB Brian Hoyer to keep the host Vikings winless with a 31-27 loss.

NFC

Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as New Orleans (3-0) annihilated the visiting Cardinals (1-2) by a 31-7 score. Arizona safety Rashad Johnson lost part of a finger during a special teams tackle.

In another 31-7 beatdown, DeMarco Murray (203 yards, one TD) and the Cowboys (2-1) unloaded on the visiting Rams (1-2).

Detroit (2-1) emerged victorious at Washington (0-3) for the first time in 21 games and 74 years, with a 27-20 triumph.

Carolina (1-2) whitewashed the visiting Giants (0-3) in a 38-0 demolition led by Cam Newton's four total touchdowns; the job of Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is reportedly safe for the year; the G-Men lost FB Henry Hynoski to a fractured shoulder.

News

Now that the NFL has achieved a favorable settlement to the bit concussion suit, it's apparently resumed its disgusting push for an 18-game schedule.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Cardinals DT Dan Williams, whose father was killed in a car accident while driving to see his son play in New Orleans.

Detroit lost DE Jason Jones for the season with a ruptured patellar tendon; New England extended LB Rob Ninkovich through the 2016 season.

Tom Brady has reportedly been checking in on familiar wideouts Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd to see if they're able/interested to rejoin the Pats.

Analysis

Andy Benoit, Mike Tanier, Bill Barnwell, Will Brinson, Don Banks, Jason La Canfora, Frank Schwab, John Clayton, and the Football Outsiders break down Sunday's action, while Ben Eagle recaps it in GIFtastic fashion.

Keith Goldner examines the divergent outcomes of two correct 4th-and-1 decisions from yesterday.

Jarrett Bell considers the plights of the 0-3 teams, while Les Carpenter discusses the struggles of the NFCE squads.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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