Open Thread: Broncos vs 49ers

Inactives: Broncos - Montee Ball, Cody Latimer, Tony Carter, Shaq Barrett, Ben Garland, Michael Schofield, and Mitch Unrein

49ers - LB Patrick Willis, G Mike Iupati, CB Chris Culliver, S Jimmie Ward, WR Quinton Patton, C Marcus Martin, and DT Tank Carradine

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Chiefs edge Chargers on late FG from Cairo Santos

Kansas City (3-3) handed San Diego (5-2) a 23-20 home loss, giving Denver a chance to pull ahead of the Chargers with a win over San Francisco.

After the Chargers tied the game at 20 just inside the two-minute warning, Alex Smith drove the Chiefs to a game-winning field goal by Cairo Santos.

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 7

Enjoy the games, and Go Chiefs (at San Diego)!

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Schefter: Seahawks wanted Julius Thomas in exchange for Percy Harvin

According to Adam Schefter, the Seahawks aimed big when the called the Broncos about a deal for Percy Harvin.

Real big.

Like, Julius Thomas big.

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Report: Seahawks tried to dump Percy Harvin on Broncos

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Percy Harvin trade remains front and center on this Sunday.

Incredibly, the conditional 2015 pick the Jets will send to Seattle tops out at a fourth-rounder.

It had first been reported by John Clayton that the pick could be as high as a second-rounder.

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In Percy Harvin, the Jets added a real peach to their locker room

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The apparent reasons behind Seattle's trade of Percy Harvin continue to emerge:

  • Harvin reportedly fought with Doug Baldwin during the preseason, leaving a cut on the latter's chin.
  • He's also said to have pulled himself from Sunday's loss against Dallas and refused to re-enter the game.
  • One source tells PFT the Seahawks coaches feared Harvin could lead a mutiny against Russell Wilson.

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Injury Report: Patrick Willis and Mike Iupati out for Niners

San Francisco will be without key starters Patrick Willis (toe) and Mike Iupati (concussion) on Sunday.

Rookie Chris Borland will make his first NFL start in place of Willis, while Joe Looney will fill in for Iupati.

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Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

In a stunning move all around, Seattle has traded oft-injured offensive weapon Percy Harvin to the Jets for a conditional draft choice.

According to John Clayton, the pick will be either a second-, third-, or fourth-rounder in 2015.

Seattle is selling at a steep loss, as they first acquired Harvin from Minnesota in March 2013, in exchange for first- and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-rounder in 2014. 

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A Second Helping of Bradley Roby covering tight ends

Every year, we talk about the Broncos' issues with covering tight ends. Who’s strong enough, long enough, motivated enough?

We talk about it because the era of the tight end is back. Sid Gillman, who said that with two good TEs you can control the middle of the field, has again been proven right.

But the reality is that you don’t need to be tall or long to cover a TE. Strength helps, especially when the TE is firing off the line. You need a guy who can redirect him or change his timing. It’s the moment when the TE is most vulnerable. Most will be bigger than the coverage player. With good leverage and a nasty attitude, the defender can use the five-yard window to make the TE change his route.

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Maybe the Broncos’ win over the Jets wasn’t so bad, after all

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The Jets (1-6) nearly knocked off New England (5-2) on Thursday night, but for a blocked 58-yard field goal attempt at the gun.

New Jersey pounded out 28 first downs, 218 rushing yards, 80 offensive plays, and held the ball for 40:54 of turnover-free football, but it wasn't quite enough, as the Pats emerged with a 27-25 win.

Mind you, these were the same Jets whom Denver held to 31 rushing yards on 15 carries just five days ago.

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