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You have to hand it to the handful of Raiders fans who hung out after watching the Broncos destroy their crappy team just to razz Von Miller while the NFL Network crew tried to interview him.
The Raiders may not be able to sell out their games, but they do have some old school crazy fans.
After a rather muted Raiders week, the Broncos head into the Black Hole tonight to face their most hated division foe. Rivalry? You betcha. We don't care what the media says, the hatred burns just as hot today as it ever did.
Here's how I see this one going down.
Your Denver Broncos are having a pretty darn good season. Perhaps even more importantly, the rest of their division isn't.
They hope to be victorious when Tampa Bay Bucs come to Mile High on Sunday, but even if the Broncos lose, they can win the AFC West. All they need is for the San Diego Chargers to lose to the surging Cincinnati Bengals in a game where they are a 1.5 point home dog.
I don't know about anyone else, but I can't remember any season over the past decade where the Broncos were in such good shape. For them to have potentially locked up their division with four games left in the season is the kind of thing that we haven't experienced around here since the late 1990's.
Columnist blogger Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports recently wrote that Peyton Manning is "toast". You could give him the benefit of the doubt - and assume that he was just hungry that day - if he hadn't later written that Manning's success versus the Raiders was "fools gold".
We took the huge douche to task over his comments.
It's only fair that we give him credit for admitting that he was wrong. Our Twitter friend @720beauCBS brought it to our attention that Whitlock's recent NFL column contained the confession "I was wrong".
Additionally, he picked the Broncos to go to the AFC title game:
"Manning’s arm magically got stronger. He looks great. I don’t mind being wrong. It’ll happen again. I’d love to know how and why Manning’s arm got stronger, and that’s not a sarcastic criticism. But we went from Manning’s arm being “it is what it is” to being better than what it was.
The AFC is weak. I can see Manning and the Broncos taking advantage and winning the AFC Championship. Right now I see the Texans and Broncos in the AFC title game."
It takes a big man to admit a mistake. Or, in Whitlock's case, an enormous man.
Broncos fans rejoice! Raiders' QB Carson palmer is an interception machine and he is signed through 2014.
We'll be telling our grand-children about this season, you guys. This is beyond odd, beyond curious. It's more than a miracle. It's a season of a lifetime.
Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain either did hold a gun to a man's temple and then fire it next to his ear or he didn't. Either way, you've got to give the guy props for his arrest photo. What, he worry? Have a nice night, South Standers.
There was much we did not yet know about the 2011 Broncos before the season began. We did, however, project them finishing the season 10-6. They will. And they will win the AFC West for the first time since 2005. We'll explain how.
The Broncos' trip to San Diego is the most important trip they have made in two seasons. Smack the 'Bolts down at their place and Norv Turner move to the back of the AFC West, gasping for air with Kyle Orton and the KC Chiefs. It might even cost Norv his job. If that happens you can bid the Chargers farewell in the division.
The Broncos stand to be over .500 and in a chase with the Raiders for a division title if they can take care of business. And take care of business, they will. The defense is going to stand tall, contributing 14 points to the Broncos total. Tim Tebow will run one in on offense and Matt Prater will throw up three for the special teams.
Phil Rivers will throw for over 250 and 2 TD's but it won't be enough to overcome his own mistakes.
What's this? The hopeless Broncos are in the hunt? You're kidding me, right? You mean to tell me that if they can march into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and beat the Chiefs they will be 1 game behind Oakland for the lead in the AFC West?