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Peyton struggles, but Broncos hang on to best Bills

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The Denver Broncos didn't get any touchdown passes from Peyton Manning, but they still took care of business in a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Our takeaways:

1. The Broncos keep the pressure on the Patriots in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Denver picked off two Kyle Orton passes and recovered a fumble on a day where Peyton Manning didn't throw a touchdown pass. C.J. Anderson scored all three touchdowns from in close.

2. Manning's up-and-down second half of the season continues. The reigning MVP threw two interceptions (giving him 11 on the season) and saw his streak of 51 games with at least one touchdown pass come to an end. Manning won't win his seventh MVP award, though he has other goals.

3. EJ Manuel stayed on the bench in this one, and it tells you a lot about what Doug Marrone thinks of him. Orton was struggling, and the Bills desperately needed a spark. Has Manuel already attained lost-cause status in Orchard Park?

4. So much for Sammy Watkins hitting the rookie wall. The first-round pick made plays all afternoon, finishing with seven receptions for 127 yards. It was Watkins' first 100-yard effort since Week 8.

5. Wes Welker might not have the ability to make things happen after the catch anymore. He's become the king of the 6-yard reception.

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