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Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

CHARGERS (5-2) at BRONCOS (5-1) Line: DEN by 7 1/2 Cote's pick: DEN 31-27 TV: 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFL NFL Week 8 unfurls with a matchup of Game of the Week heft in a duel for first place in AFC West. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers lead crazy-efficient offenses that both have scored on 53 consecutive red-zone trips inside the opponent's 20 -- tied for longest active streak in league. And Manning is 9-2 on Thursdays, Rivers 4-1. After Manning set the all-time touchdown record Sunday night, you might expect a falloff on an extra-short week, but Peyton seems impervious to such mortal concerns. Chargers broke Broncos' four-game series win streak in last meeting by pounding the ball (...

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