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It's been smooth sailing for the Broncos thus far, as a pair of touchdown passes from Peyton Manning has Denver out to a 14-3 lead at the half.
Following the Houston Texans improbable 23-6 upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon, the Broncos can force a tie for the top spot in the AFC playoff race with a win over the Browns. Peyton Manning and company have been unbeatable of late, winning nine consecutive games and don't figure to have much trouble dispatching the struggling Browns.
Manning has lead the charge for the Broncos thus far, connecting with Demaryius Thomas on a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and adding a 10-yard strike to Eric Decker. The 15-year veteran has completed 19-of-27 passes for 221 yards and one interception.
The Broncos threatened to add another touchdown as the second quarter wound down, but Manning was intercepted in the end zone on a five-yard pass intended for running back Knowshon Moreno.