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  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MDT Orange Night Ride

    The year's Orange Ride is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. from the Denver City and County Building. We have put together a list of activities leading up to that night's Broncos game against San Diego. We hope to see you there!
    3-4 p.m. Pregame fan rally in front of Denver City and County Building
    4:30 p.m. Ride departs Denver City and County Building to Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5:00 p.m. Ride arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5-6 p.m. Orange Ride pregame tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    6:00 p.m. Orange Ride departs stadium to Tavern Downtown to watch the Broncos game
    6:25 p.m. Watch the Broncos game while enjoying Tavern Downtown’s food and drink specials
    And don't forget that the Broncos and Denver B-cycle have teamed up to offer a new bike valet service for home games for the 2014 season, giving fans a place to park their bike in a secure place staffed by B-cycle volunteers!
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

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  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins The Denver Broncos take on the AFC East Miami Dolphins. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 6:30 PM MST Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face AFC West foe the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 2:05 PM MST Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 Tribute Game Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 tribute game. Teams will be recognized before the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Gray Matter Mailbag: Divisional Round X-Factor

Posted Jan 10, 2014

This week, DenverBroncos.com Editor Gray Caldwell answers fan questions on the 'X-factor' for Sunday's game, Rahim Moore's status and the team's confidence level.

Thanks for this week's submissions.

As always, you can tweet me your questions all week long to @GrayCaldwell using the hashtag #GrayMatter.

I'm going to stay on the offensive side of the ball and go with Wes Welker.

Welker missed the final three games of the regular season and still ended up with 10 touchdowns and was only 222 yards away from a 1,000-yard campaign. He's a difference-maker, to state the obvious.

“Any time you get a guy of Wes’ caliber back, it’s really going to be to our advantage," Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase said. "And just to see his energy, the way that he plays, the way that he practices out here, other guys feed off that. And a guy that—he’s 32 years old, you can see that he’s hungry, he wants to be in this position. I think our guys see that and it motivates them, as well.”

Welker has been especially productive on third downs this season, and even when he wasn't the one making the catch, he drew enough attention to help someone else make the play.

Independent analyst Andrew Mason dove into that earlier this week. "Prior to Welker's second concussion, the Broncos converted 48.2 percent of their third downs," he wrote. "Their percentage was just 39.0 in the three-and-a-half games they played without him."

And the last time the Broncos and Chargers met, Welker wasn't on the field. San Diego won.

"The main thing is they played us a certain way because we didn’t have him, I think," Demaryius Thomas said. "They didn’t account for Wes last game because he didn’t play but they will this game. It’s good for us because you don’t know what they’re going to throw at us, but it’s another weapon on the field to help us out.”

I think it could be one of the big differences between this game and the Chargers' Week 15 regular-season win.

“We all know he’s a dynamic player and he’s a guy that has been a big part of our offense this year," Decker said. "To have him back, San Diego is going to have to key on him. They’re going to have to make sure they have a plan for him. It just opens everybody else up and it gives us more options, more opportunities."

I'll let Eric Decker take this one.

"I would say that there’s a lot more confidence in the locker room this year than last year," he said Wednesday. "Last year we went on a little run there and I don’t know if we got comfortable but we didn’t finish. We were hungry this year as far as coming into the offseason, coming into training camp making sure that when we go out and play we make sure we finish everything we do. We’ve had some bumps in the road, but I think that adversity has helped us as a team and grow together as a team. Again, our focus is making sure that every single person does their job so we can have that success.”

If the Broncos win on Sunday, Rahim Moore would be eligible to play again for the AFC Championship Game.

But the safety was eligible to return to practice as soon as the week leading up to the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. He didn't practice that week and hasn't been on the field this week, either.

It's yet to be determined whether Moore could return to practice next week and still be ready in time to play in the AFC Championship Game, but Head Coach John Fox said on Thursday that Moore is "improving every day."

"The old adage ‘time heals’ is true and he’s getting better every day," Fox said.

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