Good Morning, Broncos fans! New Orleans (4-4) took over first place in the NFCS with a 28-10 whipping of Carolina (3-5-1).
Drew Brees threw one touchdown and rushed for another, while Mark Ingram ran for another two, in leading the Saints to their first road win of the year.
Carolina has now won just one of its last seven games, including a tie against Cincy.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A shoulder injury to Ronnie Hillman gave Denver a bit of a scare yesterday.
However, Hillman did practice in limited fashion on Wednesday and is/was practicing again today.
Broncos’ T.J. Ward is Patriots’ public enemy No. 1
I feel bad he got hurt, you know, but that’s about it…Gronk’s a big dude. He gets hit, and he keeps going. Guys bounce off him, and he’s throwing guys left and right…I was taught that if you can take a guy’s wheels away from him, he’s no longer mobile, and that’s what you’ve got to do with big guys. I’m not going to go in there and bang heads with somebody that’s 60 pounds more than me. I’m going to hurt myself…I shook his hand after it happened, but I don’t see no reason to reach out to him…It’s a dog-eat-dog world between those hashes.
Since they're no longer whining about Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib, the Massholes need another gripe on which to focus, right?
Ware has always been impressed with Miller’s physical ability and his potential. But it took working out and playing alongside him to fully realize how talented he is. “Coming here, working out in the offseason,” Ware says, “I’m like, Dang, he’s faster than I thought. He works harder than I thought he worked. He’s gotten everything back together.”
FWIW, Von is again PFF's highest graded linebacker (+26.4) so far, although Oakland rookie Khalil Mack (+23.0) and KC's Justin Houston (+22.5) aren't far behind.
A look at 2015's NFL coaching candidates
And Gase comes with other concerns, most notably his age. In the modern NFL, few head coaches hired so far before their 40th birthday have succeeded at a high level—many failing in colossal fashion. Highlighting just the past decade of these mistakes are Lane Kiffin, Raheem Morris, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels (coincidentally a roommate of Gase’s when both worked at Michigan State).
Maybe the allure of getting to coach Manning will keep Gase around for another year or two. Then again, safe to say the Broncos will fine as long as Peyton's around, Gase or not.
Von Miller was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October. Miller has had seven sacks during Denver's four-game winning streak, and has at least one QB takedown in six straight games.
He first won the award in November 2012, when he totaled eight sacks and forced three fumbles. Von and the newly retired Champ Bailey (11/05, 10/06) are the only Broncos to have won the award twice.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady is the AFC Offensive POM, presumably beating out Peyton Manning for that honor.
The Broncos look like a juggernaut this season
To try to explain how solid this team looks, imagine merging one of the great Steelers or Ravens defenses from last decade with … a Peyton Manning offense. By all measures, the Broncos appear to be a Category Five super team.
Admittedly, I wasn't that excited about this team until these last two blowout wins, and even those came at home against injury-ravaged squads. The Pats are pretty banged up too, but with a win on Sunday, these Broncos have a very real shot of running the table at 15-1.
NFL Week 9 Playoff Implications: A Crucial Week For The Saints And Panthers
Going into Week 9, the Broncos are the clear favorite, with a 79 percent chance of winning the No. 1 seed. If New England is able to pull off a victory at home, the race opens up considerably. The Broncos’ chances drop to 59 percent, with the benefit largely accruing to the Patriots: The Patriots’ top-seed probability would increase from 9 percent to 21 percent.
According to this, a Denver win would increase their chance at the #1 seed to 91.3%.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are still #1 in the Elo ratings, but are the slightest of underdogs this week.
Nearly halfway though the season, Denver is playing like the champions they intend to be. It’s an amazing privilege to watch Peyton Manning rewrite the record books. The question of the week tends to be what other Broncos played like champs. There’s always a list.
We talk about the importance of the lines, the guys in the trenches, and rightfully so. Terrance Knighton in particular has been a force of nature. It’s good to see Derek Wolfe playing so well after his last season. The secondary has played well. The Broncos have even held on goal line stands.
We can marvel at the kinds of financial choices Denver will face next offseason. They have Emmanuel Sanders locked up, but the Thomases and a slew of others to sign.