The Broncos placed linebacker Nate Irving on IR on Thursday; he sprained an MCL at New England in Week 9.
Taking Irving's place on the roster will be linebacker Todd Davis, whom Denver claimed off waivers from New Orleans.
A slow team start put the defense in a tough place, early in the Broncos' 41-17 road win over the Raiders. It was the defense that kept the Broncos in the game until they caught fire.
The defensive line kept up steady pressure all game. Despite not having a sack, they kept creating hurries and QB hits. They shut down the Raiders' run attack. The Denver secondary played exceptionally well in both the run and pass areas.
Two players led the way for the secondary: T.J. Ward and Quinton Carter. It wasn’t their stats so much as their attitude, which was contagious. Combining them with Rahim Moore is working well. Adding cornerbacks Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, and Aqib Talib makes them that much more physical. All three corners like to mix it up.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, who do we have to thank for Denver having unearthed Brandon Marshall?
Terrance Knighton, apparently.
According to Troy Renck, Marshall had a choice between Oakland and Denver when the Jaguars released him for the third time.
Jeff Fisher will start Shaun Hill at quarterback over Austin Davis against Denver on Sunday.
Just two days earlier, Fisher had offered a lukewarm confirmation that Davis would remain the starter after a disastrous game against Arizona.
With the hangover of another loss at New England still in the backs of their minds, the Broncos could have been excused if they'd gone to Oakland hoping for a simple victory.
What they found is what a lot of teams have found this season. Oakland is a much better team than they usually show on the field. That doesn’t minimize the Raiders’ singular ability to shoot themselves in the foot.
Denver brought its own set of problems into what may be their final visit to the Coliseum. Problem 1 on the list has been the erratic play of their offensive line. Despite attempts to change it, the line has let down the running game this year more weeks than not. Few, if any, running backs consistently break tackles in their own backfield. The laws of inertia are against them.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As the season lengthens, each game has less of an effect on a team's statistical rankings.
Indeed, Denver's placement among the measures we follow remains steady.
Why not Shanahan as next Bears coach?
Why not Shanahan? He’s an Oak Park, Illinois native who played at Eastern Illinois. He led the Broncos to a pair of Super Bowl wins. And he somehow managed to take an inherently dysfunctional Washington franchise to the postseason in 2012.
For all of our laughs at Cutler's expense over the years, it would be pretty awesome to see these two reunite and succeed.
The Broncos' visit with Richie Incognito reportedly "went well," but apparently not enough so to sign the jerk.
According to Incognito's workout partner and pretend journalist Jay Glazer, Denver will revisit the idea after their games at St. Louis and against Miami.