Good Morning, Broncos fans! After 134 games as New England's starting center, Dan Koppen will be making his Broncos starting debut against his old mates.
But the transition to Koppen from J.D. Walton may not be as difficult as one might expect.
After all, Koppen is well-versed in Josh McDaniels's offense (much of which Mike McCoy still uses in Denver), and he also has loads of experience in operating sans huddle. Of course, the real question is, how familiar is Koppen with the Peyton Manning offense?
And as Sacco & Co. want us to know, all Koppen does is win. So what's there to worry about?
Enjoy the game, everyone!
As expected, the Broncos have placed center J.D. Walton on injured reserve with a fractured/dislocated ankle.
Taking his place on the active roster will be linebacker Joe Mays, who returns after serving a one-game suspension for his Week 3 hit on Texans QB Matt Schaub.
Tight end Virgil Green, who is back working with the team after serving a four-game PED-use suspension, was also reinstated to the active roster.
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Good Morning, Broncos fans! For anyone spoiled by the Mike Shanahan Era in Denver, yesterday was how Broncos/Raiders games are supposed to go.
Manning had spoken during the week about faring better in the first and third quarters of games, and his teammates clearly got the message. The Broncos tallied all but six of their points in those periods, scored a first-quarter touchdown for the first time all year, and unloaded for three touchdowns in the third quarter, turning what had been a tight game (on the scoreboard, at least) into a laugher.
But the game was never in much doubt.
When Peyton Manning joined the Broncos, this is the type of game fanatics had in mind.
The Broncos get an early lead.
They build on that lead running the ball.
Then, they let loose the angry hounds.
Who are the hounds?
The entire Broncos defense, which allowed the Raiders only one third-down conversion all game long.
And now Carson Palmer needs a rabies shot.
Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos! Here are the inactive lists for today's games.
Denver's inactives are G Chris Kuper, WR Matthew Willis, DT Sealver Siliga, QB Caleb Hanie, RB Knowshon Moreno, LB Nate Irving, and C/G C.J. Davis. As expected, WR Andre Caldwell is active for the first time as a Bronco, while Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball again get the nod over Moreno. S Duke Ihenacho and LB Mike Mohamed, who were just added to the 53-man roster yesterday, will presumably play on special teams.
Oakland will be without QB Terrelle Pryor, CB Shawntae Spencer, T Khalif Barnes, OL Lucas Nix, TE Richard Gordon, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, and DE Andre Carter.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're all too aware that the Broncos have lost four straight home games to the Raiders, and six of nine matchups regardless of location.
No figure has loomed larger in this matchup recently than Oakland RB Darren McFadden, who has racked up 510 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his last three games against Denver, all Raiders wins. Injury kept the back out of their last meeting, when the Broncos won 38-24 in Oakland.
Obviously, the Broncos defense is well aware of the threat McFadden brings; fortunately for Denver, Oakland may be somewhat one-dimensional today due to a banged-up WR corps.
Second-year safety Quinton Carter was placed on IR and will undergo microfracture surgery next week on the same knee he had arthroscopically repaired during training camp.
With Joe Mays suspended for tomorrow's game against Oakland, two spots had opened on the active roster; Denver promoted safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Mike Mohamed to fill them.
Week 4 will feature the much-hated traditional division rival Oakland Raiders coming into Mile High, still feeling good about their come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh. Denver is coming off a tough loss to the Houston Texans, falling short by six points for the second time in two weeks to teams that remain undefeated. Both the Broncos and Raiders see an opportunity to rack up a divisional win in the AFC West. Let’s go through the two teams.
The Raiders come in with the same 1-2 record that Denver has, with both teams’ wins having come against Pittsburgh. The Raiders have struggled to throw for distance, as shown by quarterback Carson Palmer’s 1-of-10 completions for 21 yards when throwing long (20 or more yards). He hasn’t thrown long for a TD, but has an interception when trying to go deep.
Darrius Heyward-Bey appears to have dodged a huge bullet after a frightening cervical injury last week, but he wasn’t helping them in the long game either. Denver should be able to maintain that tendency: Their pass rush appears stronger than the Raiders’ line, and cornerback Tracy Porter is expected to return to the lineup after a brief scare with what turned out to be a bruised knee.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was another fine day at Dove Valley yesterday, but not in the positive sense of the word.
Von Miller was slapped with a $15,750 penalty for his late hit on Matt Schaub, which preceded Joe Mays's own suspension-inducing hit on the quarterback by one play. Mays will still collect a game check tomorrow, but he was fined $50K. In his brief career, Miller has already been penalized with over $60K in fines.
Meanwhile, John Fox has formally appealed the ridiculous $30K fine he received for his behavior in Atlanta; Jack Del Rio is expected to follow suit regarding his $25K penalty.