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Denver Broncos' eight-game win streak about substance, not styl…

Denver Broncos' eight-game win streak about substance, not style

Picky, picky. Every week it's something.The Broncos have won eight games in a row. They have won back-to-back AFC West Division titles to secure at least a home playoff game.
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  • Broncos' Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Freeman

    Broncos' Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Freeman

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Friday for his hit below the knee of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman last week.
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  • Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations

    Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Thursday’s report that the Chargers will fire head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season hasn’t affected his team’s preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Turner says. Turner said that he was back at the office early this morning
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  • Von Miller’s $25,000 fine raises specter of suspension

    Von Miller’s $25,000 fine raises specter of suspension

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller is a candidate for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award. But if he’s not careful, he may soon be a candidate for a suspension as well. The NFL has confirmed that Miller was fined $25,000 for striking Buccaneers qu
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  • Chargers may get some O-line relief

    Chargers may get some O-line relief

    The San Diego Chargers entered the week thinking they’d be without three starting offensive linemen Sunday at Pittsburgh. Now, there appears to be a chance one could play. Left tackle Mike Harris is questionable with an ankle injury, but he is hopeful o
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  • Shoulder no concern for Demaryius Thomas

    Shoulder no concern for Demaryius Thomas

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Demaryius Thomas is on a run of good health, and last night’s shoulder injury doesn’t appear to be anything to derail it. The once-injury plagued Broncos wideout came back to play in the second half of their win over the Raiders, and Broncos coach Joh
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  • Steelers' Colon probable to return vs. Chargers

    Steelers' Colon probable to return vs. Chargers

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Steelers left guard Willie Colon practiced for the second consecutive day Friday and is listed as probable, as Pittsburgh prepares to play San Diego on Sunday.
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  • Manning tops Jaws' QB rankings

    Manning tops Jaws' QB rankings

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Ron Jaworski has revisited his NFL quarterback rankings at the third quarter-point of the season . Let’s take a look at where he puts AFC West signal-callers: Peyton Manning, Denver Ranking: 1 Comment: This ranking is pretty difficult to argue with. Man
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  • Chiefs establish trust fund for Belcher's daughter

    Chiefs establish trust fund for Belcher's daughter

    Chiefs establish trust fund for Belcher's daughter
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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggr…

    Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Redskins' option offense is giving opponents fits behind the play-action scheme of RGIII. Now the Ravens will be tasked with stifling Washington's well-oiled attack, says Peter King.
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  • A showdown between the NFL's best teams?

    A showdown between the NFL's best teams?

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3)
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  • Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questio…

    Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questions

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • How Did The Raiders Sniff Out This Jailbreak Screen? Maybe Beca…

    How Did The Raiders Sniff Out This Jailbreak Screen? Maybe Because Peyton Manning Audibled To It With "Prison! Prison!"

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Oakland Raiders didn't shut down many Denver Broncos plays last night, as their defense allowed Peyton Manning to go for 310 yards on 26-for-36 passing and were otherwise steamrolled by running back Knowshon Moreno, who put up 119 yards. More »
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  • PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and t…

    PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    The only bit of suspense left in the Chargers season is whether or not both coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will be fired when the year comes to an end. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote Thursday that both men will be sent…
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  • Oakland Raiders: Moving On

    Oakland Raiders: Moving On

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 26-13 home loss to Denver on Thursday: Recap: This game was not as close as the score indicated. The Broncos trounced the Raiders. It was just another lackluster effort by this team. Oakla…
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  • Chargers Games May Have Been Staffed With Illegal Child Labor

    Chargers Games May Have Been Staffed With Illegal Child Labor

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Department of Labor is investigating whether the staffing company contracted to work Chargers games has been using unpaid high schoolers as security, ticket takers, and head coach. More »
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  • Goodell pushes for new Raiders stadium

    Goodell pushes for new Raiders stadium

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Commissioner Roger Goodell attended Thursday night’s game in Oakland.  And it sounds like he’s hoping that the Raiders’ home stadium will soon be replaced with Black Hole 2.0. According to the Associated Press, Goodell said that it’s crucial that
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  • Man is in serious condition after fall from upper deck at Oakla…

    Man is in serious condition after fall from upper deck at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum

    Oakland police told the Associated Press that a man fell from the upper deck at Oakland's O.co Coliseum just after the start of Thursday night's Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game, and that the man is in serious condition at a local hospital. According…
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  • Darren McFadden re-injures ankle in loss to Broncos

    Darren McFadden re-injures ankle in loss to Broncos

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden played for the first time in five weeks Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Now he may be sidelined once again. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen sa…
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  • Broncos not perfect, but sidestep trap

    Broncos not perfect, but sidestep trap

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Peyton Manning probably will stew all weekend. While his team enjoys an early-December Sunday away from football, knowing it put heat on the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, Manning probably will keep himself up at night thi…
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  • Doug Martin says he’s not hitting rookie wall

    Doug Martin says he’s not hitting rookie wall

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is well on his way to surpassing 300 carries in his first season in the NFL. Martin has come off two largely ineffective games against the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos where he was held to under 60 yar…
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  • Broncos weigh in on what ails Raiders

    Broncos weigh in on what ails Raiders

    The Raiders came within one win of edging the Denver Broncos for the AFC West title last season. Today, the teams seem light years apart. The Broncos beat the Raiders 26-13 on Thursday night for their eighth straight victory and improved to 10-3. The Ra…
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  • Video - 'Playbook': San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 04:14

    'Playbook': San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Dec 7
    How will Ben Roethlisberger's return impact the Pittsburgh Steelers? Our experts explain why the Steelers have a chance to do something special with their signal-caller back behind center.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns 01:30

    'Playbook': Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

    Dec 7
    How has rookie running back Trent Richardson provided a spark to the Cleveland Browns' offense? Our "Playbook" analysts take a look at Richardson's solid season.
  • Video - Denver Broncos top team in AFC? 01:03

    Denver Broncos top team in AFC?

    Dec 7
    How do the Denver Broncos stack up against their fellow contenders like the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens? Charley Casserly gives you his answer.
  • Video - Norv Turner gone from San Diego? 01:37

    Norv Turner gone from San Diego?

    Dec 7
    Will head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith be fired from the San Diego Chargers at the end of the season? Albert Breer has the latest.

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    Dec 7
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