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Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th101.4 (21st)297.0 (3rd)
Defense5th72.4 (1st)242.9 (18th)

Last Game

Thu, October 23
Sports Authority Field
on CBS Sports
San Diego Chargers
at
Denver Broncos
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Game Leaders

SD
Passing: P. Rivers (30-41, 252)
Rushing: B. Oliver (13-36)
Receiving: K. Allen (9-73)

DEN
Passing: P. Manning (25-35, 286)
Rushing: R. Hillman (20-109)
Receiving: E. Sanders (9-120)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 31 - 24IND
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 17KC
Recap
Sun Sep 21
L 26 - 20at SEA
Recap
Sun Oct 5
W 41 - 20ARI
Recap
Sun Oct 12
W 31 - 17at NYJ
Recap
Sun Oct 19
W 42 - 17SF
Recap
Thu Oct 23
W 35 - 21SD
Recap
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
MIA
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at KC
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
BUF
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
OAK

Standings

AFC
West
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Denver6-1-02-0-0
San Diego5-3-01-2-0
Kansas City3-3-01-1-0
Oakland0-6-00-1-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1414170477
Julius Thomas' touchdown drought no cause for concern
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

After his second subpar performance in a row, we have to ask: Are you worried about Broncos tight end Julius Thomas?

Thomas has long been dependent on touchdowns, but he has also been a touchdown machine over the last two seasons. He has at least one touchdown in five of seven games this season and 10 of 14 last season, so he has proven to be a reliable red zone option. In fact, Week 7 and 8 represents the first time he has gone two weeks in a row without scoring.

Thomas recorded nine games with less than 50 yards last season, and has four in seven games already this season, so you pretty much know what you are getting from him. He was still targeted six times overall in each of the last two games even without scoring, a solid number in line with what we have come to expect.

In other words, don't panic. That Thomas failed to score in consecutive games for the first time in two seasons is probably bad luck more than anything indicative of a changing role. He remains one of the most dangerous weapons in the league near the end zone, and should make his return there soon. 

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Emmanuel Sanders becoming a red-zone factor?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was already off to the best start of his career before Thursday's game, but he put it all together in Week 8's win over the Chargers.

Sanders snagged his fourth 100-yard receiving game in seven tries Thursday, and was finally able to combine that with a touchdown. Three, in fact, as Peyton Manning looked his way constantly in the red zone, including two touchdowns within the 5-yard line. That is good news for Sanders' long-term value, assuming it can remain a consistent part of the team's game.

The main difference between Sanders and the man he replaced in Denver, Eric Decker, has been red-zone proficiency. Decker hauled in 24 touchdowns over two season with Peyton Manning, a pace Sanders can't hope to compete with. However, he is also already on pace for more than 1,400 yards, so he just needs to become a passable red-zone target to be an elite Fantasy option.

Peyton Manning loves to spread the ball around in the red zone, so don't expect Sanders to come anywhere close to three touchdowns in a game at any point again this season. Still, with how big a part of the offense he is overall, Fantasy owners have to be thrilled that Manning finally started looking Sanders' way in the red zone. 

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Broncos K Brandon McManus hooks lone FG attempt wide left
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus hooked his only attempt -- a 53-yard shot -- wide left in a Week 8 victory over the Chargers.

McManus missed his kick in the fourth quarter while trying to extend the lead for the Broncos. He finished 0 for 1 in field goal attempt, adding five extra points in a 35-21 victory. He has converted only 6 of 8 field goal attempts this season.

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Broncos TE Julius Thomas held in check vs. San Diego
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas took another step back in a Week 8 victory over the Chargers on Thursday.

Thomas, who's fresh off a disappointing four-catch, 27-yard outing, was held in check by San Diego's defense. He caught a 6-yard pass on the second drive of the night, followed by a 17-yard grab in the fourth quarter. He was targeted six times and finished with two catches for 23 yards -- all season lows for the tight end.

Thomas has 30 catches for 327 yards and nine scores on the year. He'll be seeking a bounce-back performance Week 9 at New England.

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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders scores three times in breakout game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders entered Week 8 with only one touchdown reception. He came down with three in a 35-21 victory over the Chargers at home on Thursday.

Sanders came down with a deep 38-yard reception late in the opening quarter. He capped off that drive with a 2-yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone early in the second quarter. He beat Richard Marshall down the field for a 31-yard touchdown reception with 39 seconds remaining in the first half. He made a 3-yard touchdown grab on the opening drive of the third quarter. Sanders caught all nine of his targets for 120 yards and three scores.

Before signing with the Broncos in the offseason Sanders had never cracked the century mark. He now has four on the season. Sanders has 634 receiving yards through seven games. He'll look for his fifth 100-yard game Week 9 at New England.

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