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Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th95.2 (25th)298.8 (3rd)
Defense6th74.3 (3rd)242.5 (18th)

Last Game

Sun, October 19
Sports Authority Field
San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos

Game Leaders

Passing: C. Kaepernick (24-39, 263)
Rushing: F. Gore (9-20)
Receiving: S. Johnson (5-79)

Passing: P. Manning (22-26, 318)
Rushing: R. Hillman (14-74)
Receiving: D. Thomas (8-171)


Sun Sep 7
W 31 - 24IND
Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 17KC
Sun Sep 21
L 26 - 20at SEA
Sun Oct 5
W 41 - 20ARI
Sun Oct 12
W 31 - 17at NYJ
Sun Oct 19
W 42 - 17SF
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 23
on CBS SportsSD
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
at NE
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
at OAK
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at STL
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at KC
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at SD
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 22
at CIN
4:25 pm EST
Sun Dec 28


San Diego5-2-01-1-0
Kansas City3-3-01-1-0
Broncos K Brandon McManus held out Tuesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus did not practice Tuesday due to a groin injury, but coach John Fox doesn't seem worried about McManus' availability for Thursday's game against the Chargers, reports ESPN.com. "See what tomorrow brings," Fox said. "I'm sure he'll be good to go."

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Broncos promote RB Kapri Bibbs, waive LB Shaq Barrett
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Broncos promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the active roster and waived linebacker Shaquil Barrett.

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Broncos provide update on status of Omar Bolden, Steven Johnson
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Broncos head coach John Fox provided an injury update on the status of defensive back Omar Bolden and linebacker Steven Johnson during his Monday news conference, per the Denver Post. Johnson is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, and Bolden suffered a concussion. Bolden will go through the league's concussion protocol and will need to be medically cleared by Thursday's showdown against the Chargers.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413826711
Demaryius Thomas clearly the top wide receiver
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Coming into the season, Demaryius Thomas wasn't the clear No. 1 wide receiver in Fantasy. Calvin Johnson was. And while Thomas was in the discussion for the No. 2 spot, so were A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

But with Johnson and Green battling injuries and Jones an indirect victim of the Falcons' offensive line woes, Thomas has emerged as the top dog at the position. Frankly, he'd probably be there even if those other three played exactly as they were supposed to. He's the most talented wide receiver the (soon to be) most prolific passer in league history has ever had to work with, and the two are beginning to click like never before. Over his last three games, Thomas has averaged 8.7 catches for 173.7 yards with five touchdowns.

Certainly, he won't maintain that pace for the rest of the season. If he did, he'd finish with about 2,400 yards. But if Peyton Manning continues to give him preferential treatment instead of reverting to the equal opportunity passer he was in his first two years with the Broncos, the two could challenge the record books.

Nothing against Jordy Nelson, who has actually been the best wide receiver in standard CBSSports.com leagues to date, but I think Thomas blows him and every other wide receiver out of the water going forward.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413825445
No reason for concern over Emmanuel Sanders
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

It was good news, bad news for Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders Week 7 against the 49ers. The good news is he scored his first touchdown of the season, catching a 3-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning in the first quarter. The bad news is it was one of just three catches he had all day ... for only 41 yards.

The performance was especially discouraging coming on the heels of a three-catch, 38-yard effort at the Jets in Week 6. Prior to then, he may not have had any touchdowns, but he delivered three straight 100-yard games.

I still say it's nothing to worry about in Fantasy. You can't expect every game to unfold the exact same way. You know the Broncos are going to throw the ball. Demaryius Thomas has been getting most of the looks lately, but if he maintained his pace from the last three weeks, averaging 173.7 yards per game, for the rest of the season, he'd have nearly 2,400 yards.

He won't have 2,400 yards, and on the days when he falls of pace, Manning's favorite target figures to be Sanders. He has too big of a role in too productive of an offense for you to lose faith in him.

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