Gut Reaction: Week 2 - Broncos @ Falcons

Peyton Manning said the Broncos are a work in progress.

Perhaps we should have believed him.

In Week 1, we all caught a case of Coltsahanta Virus--the feeling of invicibility that results from having Peyton Manning under center.  Unfortunately, it's a virus that hasn't been communicable since 2009.

It would be easy to blame this loss on a group of replacement referees that blew call after call after call--they actually referred to the Falcons as "red" at one point during a penalty.  The faster the league replaces the replacements, the better.  

Yet, this loss is mostly Manning's piece of work. You can't spin the loss any other way.  Despite a flurry of activity late in the fourth quarter, Manning floated several passes, turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, and often checked into poor audibles.

Get back to work, Peyton.  I believe you now.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 2 - Broncos @ Falcons

Inactive for Denver are CB Chris Harris, RB Ronnie Hillman, DT Sealver Siliga, WR Andre Caldwell, C/G Philip Blake, QB Caleb Hanie, and G Chris Kuper. Out for Atlanta are S Charles Mitchell, CB Terrence Johnson, C Joe Hawley, T Lamar Holmes, DE Jonathan Massaquoi, DE Cliff Matthews, and QB Dominique Davis.

The absence of Harris means Tony Carter will be Denver's nickel corner; Brock Osweiler will be Peyton Manning's backup with Hanie inactive, with Hillman and Caldwell again notable inactives. Key players in T Tyson Clabo and LB Sean Witherspoon had been listed as questionable for Atlanta but are active.

Enjoy the game everyone, and Go Broncos!

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Game Day Limerick: Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan never loses at home--so we're told.  That doesn't mean he avoids getting limericked.

We have Matty Ice at his home.
He can only play in that dome.
He’s in for a shock
when Champ picks the rock
and flashes tonight like he’s chrome. 

Give it your best shot, Broncos fans!  

Broncos/Falcons pre-game Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Ron Jaworksi and Mike Ditka are siding with coach Greg Schiano regarding the end of the Giants/Tampa Bay game yesterday, when the Bucs defensive line crashed through with the Giants in victory formation.

But Will Brinson explains why Schiano is full of it when he says it's all about playing hard 100% of the time; or at least, the new NFL coach doesn't practice what he's preaching.

To wit, Schiano's team didn't try its hardest when the G-Men knelt to end the first half, and Schiano did not use all of his timeouts at the end of the game.

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Teammate confirms Jay Cutler is a prick(ly) quarterback

D.J. Moore criticizes Jay Cutler
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Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore called teammate Jay Cutler’s actions in the team’s loss Thursday to the Green Bay Packers, “wrong,” saying Cutler “is what he is,” and, “he’s always been that way so I don’t expect him to change.”

Cutler was seen screaming at offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and bumping into him on the sideline during the 23-10 loss. Webb had a tough game trying to block Clay Matthews, who had 3 1/2 of the Packers’ seven sacks. Cutler threw four interceptions.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones four interceptions.

Fat Camp: Introducing Cover 6

Happy Football Monday, friends.  Because I’m a swell guy, I decided to write a quick article about pass coverage relating to tonight’s game between the Broncos and the Falcons.  As we saw last week, the Chiefs got lit up, and I’m going to talk about why that happened, and what the Broncos should (and certainly will) do better.

In Week 1, the Chiefs were without their best CB Brandon Flowers, and their best pass rusher Tamba Hali.  That puts you at a disadvantage against a team with good passing weapons from the jump, especially a team like Atlanta, whose protection weakness at LT went unexploited.  The Chiefs were also seemingly very worried about the Atlanta running game, and they played eight in the box quite a bit. 

If you’re dropping the eighth man, you basically have two choices of coverage shells.  If you want to play zone, you can use a three-deep shell, and if you want to play a lot of man-to-man, you can used a one-deep shell.  The Chiefs chose the latter option a week ago, mostly using a very deep single-high safety, and man-to-man coverage.

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Even Raiders fans don’t like Raiders fans


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Tim Tebow: On a Mission

Despite spending much of his NFL career as a backup, Tim Tebow seems to be forever talked about in the mainstream media, and blogs, and social media, and… well, you get the point: he's talked about. A lot. A documentary on Tebow has been released by Screen Media Films. The company's trailer & description below:

An in-depth look at what makes Tim Tebow the popular and polarizing figure today, Tim Tebow: On A Mission chronicles how his hard work and faith have guided him to collegiate success and NFL stardom. From being born on a mission through his astonishing playoff run and trade to New York, the film explores his life through insightful interviews and rare footage few have ever seen.

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Digesting the Falcons

The Broncos are in Atlanta for their first road contest tonight and a meeting with the Falcons, a very good team whose drafting and team development approaches I've followed for years.

The modern version of their franchise was built first by Rich McKay, who’s still the president and CEO, and developed more recently by GM Thomas Dimitroff, who’s a top young executive. Between them, they’ve put together a team that has an excellent offense and a defense that’s good, but is also vulnerable.

Last week, Atlanta lost Brent Grimes, their top cornerback, for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. They’ve signed former Colts corner Terrence Johnson, but 2009 third-rounder Chris Owens, who's never lived up to the Falcons' expectations, is expected to be their nickel corner tonight.

Let's take a look at the rest of Atlanta's roster to see what the Broncos are up against:

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Great googly moogly! Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a Sunday of lopsided games for Denver's AFC West brethren.

Dante Rosario, who caught seven passes for zero touchdowns last year for Denver, caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers, as the Chargers punished Tennessee 38-10 despite the absence of Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews. San Diego is now 2-0 and atop the AFC West, although they've gotten there by beating the lowly Raiders and Titans; they will host Atlanta next.

Oakland got the snot kicked out of them in Miami, as Reggie Bush piled on 197 yards from scrimmage and two scores to help Ryan Tannehill to his first NFL win, 35-13. The rookie QB ran for a TD and threw for another.

Kansas City got drubbed by the Bills 35-17, with the Chiefs scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to primp up the pig. C.J. Spiller performed like Bush did, amassing 170 yards from scrimmage for two touchdowns, but on 18 touches to Reggie's 29.

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