In case you’re unsure why we refer to them as the LOLJets…

J-E-T-S! Pain! Pain! Pain!
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March 13, 2012: Jets owner Woody Johnson on Peyton Manning: “We passed on him,” Johnson said of Manning on the Fox Business Network, which is a network. “We’re signed up with our quarterback. Sanchez is not leaving. We’ve got a pretty good tether, we’ve got five years. We like Mark.”

He likes Mark. This is typical of the Woody Johnson experience: attempt a secret strategy. When said strategy is exposed and then fails, simply lie. Then give the person you’ve lied to $58.25 million.

Granted, you had no chance at signing him anyway, but thank you, Sticks Johnson, for having "passed on" Peyton Manning.

Orange Julius hopes to justify comparisons to fellow ex-hoopsters

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos ready to sprint from the start
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Thomas understands that, because of his history on the hardwood, he’ll be compared to fellow roundball refugees like Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham.

“When you’re a guy that has played limited football, you automatically fit into that group,” Thomas said. “You’re not as good as they are, and you’re not as accomplished, but you are mentioned. I hope, at some point, I’ve done enough to be legitimately mentioned as part of that group.”

Last night was certainly a good start toward that end. BTW, how's that 2011 draft class looking right about now?

John Elway still owns Ohio

Even After Seven TDs, Peyton Manning Can't Escape John Elway's Shadow
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According to the Columbus Dispatch, it was ol’ No. 7 who put a historic hurting on the Baltimore Ravens last night. There’s never really a good excuse for mistaking John Elway for Peyton Manning, but this definitely shouldn’t happen the morning after a record-setting performance like the one Manning gave last night.

FWIW, Elway's single-game high was a five-touchdown, no-interception performance against the Vikings in his sophomore season.

But more importantly, he did throw seven touchdown passes in his three AFC title game victories over Ohio Cleveland. So perhaps that's what the Dispatch was referring to?

Greater expectations Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Step into the hyperbolic chamber, my friends. If the Broncos were overdogs and Super Bowl favorites a day ago, what are they now?

With Denver's Week 2 game at the Giants a whole nine days away, much will be said and written about Peyton Manning and the explosive offense he now commands.

They've only played 60 minutes of real, actual football, so the Broncos still need to show they can take their aerial show on the road, run the ball effectively, and avoid costly mistakes (like those by Wes Welker, Danny Trevathan, and Eric Decker) when the margins are narrower.

And at some point, they will be narrower.

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Gut Reaction: Week 1 - Broncos vs Ravens

No Von Miller? No Champ Bailey?

No big deal.

We’ve been telling readers for weeks now that as Peyton Manning goes, so do the Broncos. We gesticulated the notion that with Wes Welker, the Broncos were going to score more, not fewer points. What we didn’t tell you was that Peyton Manning would be on pace for 112 touchdowns.

Okay, I’m getting a little carried away now, but you get the drift. Bring me a team that puts up 30 points a week, and we can have a discussion about the Broncos losing a game. Otherwise, John Fox is keeping his foot on the gas this time.

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Final Score: Broncos 49, Ravens 27

Following a lightning delay and a rusty first quarter, the Broncos eventually kicked off the 2013 NFL season Thursday night with a bang, as Peyton Manning threw SEVEN (!!!!!!!) touchdown passes in a cathartic 49-27 win over the visiting Ravens (Box Score, Gamebook).

After the teams exchanged punts, the Ravens drove 80 yards in 10 plays to open the scoring with a two-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Vonta Leach, the fullback who had been cut and re-signed over the offseason.

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Live Blog: Broncos vs Ravens

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Digesting the Ravens

Happy Game Day (again), friends. Our loyal reader BRASO called us out in an email for being a bit light on the content lately (sorry about that), so we’re stepping it up. We don't want our readers having to resort to visiting lesser Broncos sites in the absence of content from us.

As in past years, I plan to do an opposition research article each week about the team the Broncos will play. This week, it’s the Ravens.

This is a hard task for the opener, because there’s no regular season film to watch. I did get to see the Ravens’ starters some in the preseason, though, and that combined with things that I think I know from observations of last year’s NFL season will have to suffice. Let’s break down the Super Bowl champions. *vomits*

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Ted’s mostly useless AFC predictions

Happy Game Day, friends. I know I haven’t posted much lately, but I seem to have reached the busy season at my day job, and being buried is the price of being in the senior position I’m in. As I was discussing today with our HR director, anybody who thinks you can “have it all” is delusional. I’ll try to write more in the coming weeks, particularly as games give me material.

Today I want to offer my own useless take on the season to come. Actually, I suspect that the use I find for it will be to come back and brag on it at year-end, if my prognosticatin’ is anywhere as good as last year’s was. Since two AFC teams kick off the season tonight, here’s the AFC picture as I see it. I’ll hit you with the NFC tomorrow, and then some playoff predictions on Saturday.

I don’t have all the time in the world to devote to this, but it’s better than ESPN’s collaborative blog-a-thon, because at the end of mine, there are 256 wins and 256 losses. (Only a wanker would forecast ties before the season even starts.) Of course, for an accounting guy like me, the debits have to equal the credits.

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Another eventful offseason comes to a hopeful end

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The wait is finally over, but really, was it that long?

It's been quite an eventful eight months, what with the clumsy departure of Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller's escapades, the signing of Wes Welker, extension for Ryan Clady, release of Willis McGahee (remember him?), preseason emergence of Julius Thomas and Duke Ihenacho, and the musical chairs acts at center and middle linebacker.

We haven't had a dull offseason here in Broncos Land since at least 2008, and ever since John Elway took over, the team has been on a steady upward trajectory.

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