Young: Scabs affecting NFL’s competitive landscape

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Heading into Raiders Week off a dud

A late-game collapse by the Steelers on Sunday allowed the Raiders a fourth-quarter comeback capped by a game-winning field goal as time expired.

"They outplayed us defensively," Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark said. "Their defense made the stops when they needed to, and we didn't. It wasn't from a lack of trying. Maybe it was trying too hard."

Could Denver have been trying too hard on Sunday against the Texans? That’s hard to imagine. But there’s still a grain of truth there.

What happened against Houston was nothing more or less than a better team beating a lesser one. No one likes admitting when their team simply doesn’t have the players or the chops to overcome their opponent, but Denver fans are going to have to accept it this time. Ironically, the Texans have spent years building a team that could beat Peyton Manning.

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NFL bans Mays one game for Schaub hit

According to Adam Schefter, the hit by Broncos linebacker Joe Mays on Matt Schaub during Sunday's loss to the Texans has landed Mays a one-game suspension from the league.

Mays, who will appeal the ruling, has been effusively and repeatedly apologetic for the blow, which cost Schaub a significant chunk of his left earlobe.

The fifth-year player had earlier been penalized $7,875 for a Week 2 hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

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What we’ve all been dreading Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are plenty of reasons to be a fan of the NFL over other sports.

It's an exciting game with supreme athleticism, choreographical beauty, and intellectual strategy. At turns, a football game can be won by the strongest men, while at others, its smartest can rule the day. It is played by nimble 330-pound men and brutally strong 230-pounders alike.

For the most part, it is a fair game.

Never before have I thought about why I love the NFL and considered officiating. But I have often viewed soccer matches and boxing bouts, noted the notoriously inconsistent officiating, and found myself grateful to not be a fan of either sport.

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It only took three weeks for the scab officials to decide a game

Reggie Bush just tweeted it best:

These refs gotta go I'm sorry

The Packers and Seahawks battled for several hours tonight only to watch the scab officials make two different calls on the last play of the game, which was a Hail Mary that was clearly intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.  Unfortunately for the Packers, the scabs decided to give the reception (and the touchdown) to Golden Tate of the Seahawks.  Worse, the call stood after the review (which never should have been reviewed to begin with, we should note).  In short, the Packers got screwed.  

Hey, at least it wasn't the Broncos that got jobbed.

I'd wager that this sort of thing might bring Roger Goodell to the negotiating table, but that would require the lapdog to quickly place a call to his masters, Kraft and Jones.  Jones is too busy taking care of his gay cowboy situation.  

Theater of the absurd: Warren Sapp & Brandon Marshall

Ever wonder what would happen if Warren Sapp and Brandon Marshall were in each other's vicinity?

Well, wonder no longer.  Sapp decided to go first last Friday on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said:

Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall...it ain't about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.

Retard?  Nice, Warren.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 3 - Packers @ Seahawks

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Andy Benoit, Khaled Elsayed, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup.

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History lesson: Peyton’s throws have always wobbled

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NFL fines Fox, Del Rio for treating incompetent refs like they’re incompetent

There's no mystery (or subtlety) to what we think of the officiating from Denver's Week 2 loss in Atlanta.

John Fox and Jack Del Rio were, shall we say, quite open with their feelings during the game - enough so, that the Ginger Hammer had one of his lapdogs phone the Georgia Dome at halftime to demand Denver's coaches back off the scabs.

Today comes another admonition, in the form of a $30K fine for Fox, and a $25K penalty on Del Rio.

Our message remains unchanged: GFY, Roger Goodell & Ray Anderson.

Last-place tie Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Rumors of the demise of Peyton Manning's arm strength were shown yesterday to be greatly exaggerated. No surprise there.

Unfortunately, the quality of Denver's defense was also proven overstated, and Peyton & Co. again ran out of time attempting a furious comeback from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Denver scored two touchdowns in the final stanza, but it wasn't enough, as the Broncos dropped to 1-2 with a 31-25 loss (Gamebook) to Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips's Texans.

Jack Del Rio's guys got tuned up for three Matt Schaub touchdown passes within a twelve-minute, four-second span, in a nightmarish first half that netted the Texans a staggering 285 yards of offense.

Were it not for a timely Wesley Woodyard interception near the end of the first half - a swing of six or ten points, after Matt Prater's third FG - the game may have been over before Rod Smith took his rightful place among the Broncos' greats in the Ring of Fame.

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