Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no getting around it - yesterday was a terrible day for the Broncos all around.
For the second time in three weeks, Peyton Manning was awful, the line play was poor, the defense didn't do enough, the punting sucked as usual, and the entire team appeared uninspired and outcoached.
Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Montee Ball were injured, and that's not even the worst of it.
New England (8-2) ran over the Colts (6-4) in a 42-20 beatdown in Indy, giving the Pats sole control of the AFC's #1 seed. They still have a tough schedule ahead, with games against Detroit, at Green Bay, and at San Diego coming up, but New England has won six straight is looking Super.
Of course, the Broncos have to win their division before worrying about seeding and home field advantage, and now they're tied with the Chiefs, who have won five in a row after a 2-3 start. KC must still host Denver and San Diego and travel to Arizona and Pittsburgh, but they've already blown out the Dolphins and Pats, and outmuscled the defending champs on Sunday.
But Denver's schedule suddenly looks tougher than it did a day ago, especially with Cincy's (6-3-1) convincing 27-10 thrashing at New Orleans (4-6). Before yesterday, running the table seemed reasonable. Now, two or three more losses appear possible (versus Miami, at Kansas City, at San Diego, at Cincy).
Not to say that there's a bright side, but things could still be worse...
At least Denver's losses have all come on the road, and two of them have been to NFC teams.
Better to struggle now than later. Of course, they may also struggle now and later.
Every AFC team mentioned above has had their own disastrous stretches, so it's not like the Broncos are alone. Well, they are alone in that they're scuffling now, but there's still a lot of season left.
Let's just hope there's enough time for the Broncos to sort out their offensive line problems.
Andrew Mason admits the Broncos can't blame bad luck for Sunday's debacle.
Paul Klee is starting to worry about these Broncos.
The league has determined that the Saints did nothing wrong in their handling of the Todd Davis waiver claim.
A New York Times story about former Dolphin Phillip Merling focuses on the cozy relationship between teams and local police, and the league's mishandling of domestic violence.
Houston and Tennessee are said to be interested in signing pending free agent Brian Hoyer.
Indy running back Ahmad Bradshaw may have a broken ankle.
Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks reportedly pulled himself from Sunday's win over the Giants due to unhappiness with his playing time.
J.J. Watt scored another touchdown pass on Sunday, and it was a rather impressive catch.
Chris Burke breaks down the Patriots' impressive win.
The quantity and magnitude of yesterday's upsets made for a rare day in NFL history.