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  • Klee: In Super Bowl rematch, odds favor Seahawks, not Broncos

    SEATTLE - The Broncos were favored in the Super Bowl. Well, not initially. But eventually. Soon after songstress Renee Fleming graced the national anthem with a voice that would put angels to sleep, the Seahawks kicked off as three-point underdogs. They left MetLife Stadium as 35-point winners. Blame the opening snap that sailed over Peyton...

  • Klee with three for the Broncos-Seahawks matchup

    Bring the noise Here's the lowdown on Seattle's CenturyLink Field. It seats 67,000. A gorgeous facility, CenturyLink also features the best playlist in the NFL, ranging from favorite sons Mudhoney to Alice in Chains to Chris Cornell, and the best home advantage in the league. The Seahawks are 18-1 in their past 19 home games. The home-field...

  • Broncos: The Line of Scrimmage, Broncos at Seahawks

    You might remember the Line of Scrimmage from last week. Here's the second edition. The Line: Seattle -4.5. Going back to their AFC West days, the Broncos have owned this series. Denver is 34-18 against Seattle. The Broncos' longest win streak — a six-gamer — occurred right around the Super Bowl years. Alas, the Seahawks have won two...

  • Klee: Despite 2-0 start, Broncos must walk the talk in Seattle

    DENVER — With a wallet thicker than a layer of sod, the Broncos built a defense that claimed it could be the second coming of the Orange Crush. For large portions of two games, though, it has been orange mush. Do you know what the Seahawks will do to the Broncos if they allow Seattle to convert 11 of 16 third-down attempts next Sunday? Here's...

  • Klee: Broncos Country should crack a cold one for Chiefs fans

    DENVER — There was a time, not that long ago, when Chiefs Kingdom had this argument over the quarterback situation in Kansas City: Damon Huard or Tyler Thigpen? There was a time, too, when blowing a 28-point lead in a playoff game was something the Raiders would do, or missing three field goals in a playoff game was something no one could do,...

  • KLEE: Broncos or Chiefs? Emmanuel Sanders this close to playing in KC

    DENVER — So far he fits like a cold hand in a warm glove. In five months and one NFL game, Emmanuel Sanders has brought a blur of speed and a splash of personality. He fast gained a following among fans, both with his impromptu Twitter chats and deep touchdown catches in the preseason. Even quicker he earned the trust of Peyton Manning, who,...

  • Klee: Better than last year? Broncos need to start playing and acting like it

    DENVER — The Star Wars numbers will return. Peyton Manning, 38, still looks more like 28-year-old Peyton Manning than about-to-retire Peyton Manning. A prideful defense looks like it can return to prominence. On opening night, the Broncos' defense built a wall near the goal line not once, but twice. But if the Broncos are going to return to...

  • Klee: Sabotaged interview helped Peyton Manning to Colts - and Broncos

    DENVER — It was the 1998 NFL draft combine. One day after Ryan Leaf had blown off an interview with the Colts, the Other Quarterback sat down with Indy's brass. Peyton Manning arrived with a yellow legal pad and enough questions to fill a press conference. Sixteen years later, then-Colts president Bill Polian remains unsure who was...

  • Klee: BMW Championship shaping into special golf tournament

    CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE — This is special. The galleries, the buzz, the Spaniard in skinny pants atop the leaderboard. The golf course. Especially the golf course. All of it, special. It took, oh, about half a driving-range bucket of Pro V1s to get that way. Prior to his practice round Wednesday, Rory McIlroy reintroduced the PGA Tour to our...

  • Klee: Stop the NFL violence? Then stop the game

    ENGLEWOOD — Football, as a whole, is a bad idea. That is clearest at field level of an NFL game. The size and speed of the players is startling, the violence frightening. You have to see it to believe it, really. There's T.J. Ward smashing a wide receiver with such ferocity you almost feel his head snap back. There's 335-pound (yeah, right)...

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