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).
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).
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis's latest mailbag is an especially good one, with plenty of useful info. The key points:
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!
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.
ReFo: Broncos @ Chiefs, Week 13
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.
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).