Open Thread: Dallas @ Chicago

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Broncos add Brandon McManus to practice squad

Concerned by last week's atrocious performance on kickoffs by Connor Barth (what did they expect?), the Broncos have brought Brandon McManus back into the fold by adding him to their practice squad.

Per Mike Klis, the team signed McManus to ensure they could activated him "on moment's notice." It's a sensible move for a team that kicks off a hell of a lot more often than it attempts field goals (last week's five-FG game inclusive).

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Broncos should have Aqib Talib back now that they’ll face real wideouts

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It looks like Denver will have Aqib Talib back in the starting lineup on Sunday against Buffalo.

Talib was a full participant in Wednesday's practice after having been held out at Kansas City (possibly as a precaution, since Alex Smith doesn't bother throwing to his wideouts anyway).

Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited, while Jacob Tamme (ribs) and Wes Welker (getting old) were held out. Also not practicing were Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and Quinton Carter (knee).

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Expect Broncos to ease Danny Trevathan back into linebacker rotation

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis's latest mailbag is an especially good one, with plenty of useful info. The key points:

  • Danny Trevathan is expected back next week at San Diego, but Klis thinks he'll be eased back into the rotation and won't see a full complement of snaps until the playoffs
  • Denver hopes to have Ronnie Hillman back in Week 16 and Montee Ball in Week 17
  • The team continues to negotiate with Chris Harris on a new contract

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That’s Good Broncos: Broncos @ Chiefs

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Broncos can clinch playoff spot if a million things go their way in Week 14

Broncos, Colts can clinch playoff berths in Week 14
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Denver captures a playoff spot with a victory over the Bills and a Ravens loss, a Steelers loss, a Browns loss, a Chiefs loss and a Texans loss or tie. The Broncos can also ensure a postseason berth with a win over Buffalo, plus losses by Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and San Diego, a loss or tie by Houston, and a tie by Kansas City.

Piece of cake. Lock it in!

Josh McDaniels as a candidate to coach Tim Tebow’s alma mater is just perfect

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Miami (7-5) rebounded from its Week 12 loss at Denver with a 16-13 comeback win over the LOLJets (2-10) on Monday night.

The Dolphins scored 10 fourth-quarter points and sealed the victory with a last-minute interception of Geno Smith, who attempted just 13 passes all game, calling to mind You Know Who.

Miami is one of six AFC teams with seven wins, and the only one currently in position to make the playoffs.

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Open Thread: Dolphins @ Jets

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PFF: C.J. Anderson forced 13 missed tackles against Chiefs

ReFo: Broncos @ Chiefs, Week 13
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No other running back has played more than C.J. Anderson’s 250 snaps in the last four weeks and he is making the most of it with last night’s performance capping off a month that earned him a +15.8 overall grade.

Per PFF, it was another banner performance for Orlando Franklin (+3.7) and Manny Ramirez (+2.2), along with most of the defensive starters.

As for the worst grade of the night, that belonged to Connor Barth, whose minus-4.7 figure appears to be PFF's lowest for any kicker in any game this season.

Alex Smith was the cure for Denver’s pass rush

NFL Week 13 Winners and Losers: PHILIP RIVERS! Aaron Rodgers Is a Wizard, and Patrick Peterson Eats His Words
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The Chiefs ran only 44 plays, and 15 of those were runs. That means Smith got hit on 41 percent of his dropbacks…When teams don’t blitz, Smith ranks an Alex Smith–like 20th in QBR, right about league average. When teams do blitz, his QBR drops from 62.8 to 25.9 — the fifth-worst mark in football.

I'll never understand why people don't talk more about Smith's penchant for taking sacks. He's got the fifth worst sack rate in the league this year, and more than anything, that's why he's tied for 23rd in ANY/A. Last night, he kept preferring sacks to taking shots downfield or stopping the clock with throwaways while his team was down multiple scores late.

Fortunately for Denver's defense, another sack machine is coming to town next week, in the form of one Kyle Orton (12th worst sack rate).

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