Shutouts are always encouraging. When the Broncos' third string managed a stellar goal line stand, the team and fans went wild.
That is, except for Peyton Manning, who quietly stood and watched San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh as if he could read Harbaugh’s mind. Given Manning’s skills around football, he probably could. The newly built Levi's Stadium would forever be broken in with a 34-0 shutout.
It’s fair to say that both teams withheld many of their real strengths for their Week 7 Sunday night clash, but there's still plenty to take away from the contest.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Thursday and may even see some action on Saturday evening.
That decision will be made sometime this evening; Sanders has been hampered throughout the summer by a quad injury.
Meanwhile, Wes Welker was excused for personal reasons for the second straight day, and might be held out for the game against Houston.
“My eating habits have got in the way these past two weeks,” Fairley told reporters this week, via the team’s official website.
“I haven’t said this a lot, or to many people, more or less, but Nick is more athletically gifted than me,” Ndamukong Suh said. “He has an opportunity to be better than me.”
That opportunity is quickly slipping away. The Lions did not pick up the fifth-year option in Fairley’s contract in a bid to motivate him. It’s not working.
But bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good.
Not a Broncos story, but a reminder, kids, of the dangers of letting the ol' eating habits slip, even just a little.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As tends to happen in joint practices, things got a bit heated between the Broncos and Texans during Wednesday's practice.
Montee Ball's workload increased somewhat, but he's unlikely to play on Saturday.
Just when the Broncos thought they had found a punt returner, Jordan Norwood suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday, and is done for the year.
Norwood had been listed behind Wes Welker at both slot receiver and punt returner, but was likely to field punts if he made the 53-man roster.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It took a bit longer than expected, but the Browns have finally announced their choice of a starting quarterback.
In typical Browns clumsiness, the team is putting out word that Manziel's off-field behavior contributed to their decision.
According to Forbes, there is compelling evidence that football players might be four times more likely to have ALS than the general male population. The CDC found in a 2012 study that the incidence rate rose from fewer than two cases out of nearly 3,500 men to seven cases among former NFL players.
This is terrible news, which serves to underscore how ridiculous it was for Roger Goodell to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Denver Broncos
And they basically ran Jake Plummer out of town, which is why poor Jake is a weirdo bearded handball player now.
These are the guys who keep Woody Paige and Mark Kiszla employed.
Sometimes, the truth hurts a little bit...
Those two tables above depict the power of regression to the mean. The all-time great pass offenses and pass defenses both lost, on average, about half their value in the following season.
Historical precedents don't indicate how any given team will fare, but these are some powerful examples of how difficult it is to maintain greatness.
And as Stuart points out, there are many factors that could contribute to a Denver dropoff - a tougher schedule, age, and personnel changes (don't forget the shuffled offensive line).
Outside of an injury to Peyton Manning, Danny Trevathan is one of the toughest players for the Broncos to lose. The good news is that this isn’t a dangerous injury - it will take a month or two to heal, but it could have been vastly worse.
Trevathan had been fighting for his professional life since leaving college. Two years ago, he fought through a pulled hamstring to perform his combine drills. Yet, all the pundits seemed to see was a guy who was too small, too light, and too slow.
Denver got him into camp and found that without the pulled hamstring, he was a lot faster. The player who had led the SEC in tackles for the previous two seasons was showing signs that he was a lot more than a small, slow linebacker. He still tackled just as much.