AFCW tightens (sort of) Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFCW got nominally more bunched yesterday, after the Raiders rallied for an overtime win over the decimated Jaguars.

Oakland is now 2-4 and one game behind Denver and San Diego after they overcame a 20-6 deficit for a 26-23 victory. Jacksonville lost Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert to injury, and then backup QB Chad Henne showed exactly why the Jags hadn't yanked Gabbert yet. The ex-Dolphin was 9 for 20 for a woeful 71 yards, and was sacked three times for 26 yards - 45 net passing yards on 23 dropbacks. These are numbers that remind us of...oh, never mind.

Jacksonville wideout Cecil Shorts fumbled on the opening possession of overtime, and Sebastian Janikowski ended the game with a 40-yard kick.

As for Carson Palmer, who does he think he is? Jake Plummer?

Oakland's next game will be Sunday at Arrowhead against the 1-5 Chiefs, who were idle this week. Mark your calendars - should be a good...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Chargers may have cheated, but got beat anyway

Early this afternoon, Jay Glazer reported that the San Diego Chargers were being investigated by the league for using a substance likened to Stickum during their loss to the Broncos last Monday.  Per Glazer :

NFL Security has already begun investigation as SD equipment man was hiding illegal sticky substance and giving to players. Line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to broncos and league.

Surprise--NFL teams are trying to find any advantage they can get.   The only surprise here is the Chargers so poorly hid their cheating. 

This does give us the opportunity to remind everyone this whole cheating-with-Stickum thing orginated with an Oakland Raider, Lester "The Molester" Hayes.    

Open Thread: Sunday Week 7

Here are the day's inactive lists. Enjoy the games, and Go Jaguars!

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Skip Bayless works hard at his craft; is that a good thing? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here we are, bye week Sunday.

While it's always great for the players to rest up in both a physical and mental sense, it sure does make for an empty-ish football feeling for us fans, right?

Granted, there are some great matchups we'll be watching - namely Houston/Baltimore and Washington/G-Men.

How will you spend your second straight Sunday off from Broncos football?

Whatever you do, enjoy it, and as always, thanks for reading.

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Tebowing™ Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We already noted yesterday that San Diego's head PR guy had waved his finger at naysaying Chargers fans, but Bill Johnston's words are so ridiculous that we must post a selection of them here:

Listening to some of you out there, you’d think Monday night was “win or go home” and the Chargers are now packing their bags.

Sometimes I think Twitter was invented to give people a chance to puff out their chests and talk big, saying things they never would say to someone’s face.

And talk radio … don’t get me started. The old adage your mom used to preach – “If you don’t have anything good say, don’t say anything” – seems to have evolved to “if you don’t have anything good to say, call sports talk radio.”

Time to take a chill pill.

If you want these players and coaches to succeed, then support them.  Don’t tear them down.  What you want and what we all want, including your team, is to know people believe in them. 

And to think, Bolts fans haven't even resorted to billboards and airplane-flown banners. Yet.

Perhaps Johnston can dial up his buddy Jim Saccomano for some advice in how to better handle criticism. Or not.

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The Ultimate Post-Game Coaching Exchange

The post-game handshake always gets a lot of attention, whether it's Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels and Todd Haley, or more recently, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz.  But if you'd like to see the mother of all meltdowns, check out how Wyoming coach Dave Christensen treated Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after Air Force's comeback victory last week:

The irony? It was "Military Appreciation Day" for Wyoming.   Somewhere, right now, Mitch Unrein has a sad face.

Taking up for the “game manager” Alex Smith (again)

Happy Friday, friends.  For years, even when it seemed like I was the only guy out in the wilderness, I’ve maintained that Alex Smith can play QB well enough to win a Super Bowl.

The last two seasons, as he’s had some consistency in coaching for the first time in his career, he’s looked a lot like I was right.  Now, all of a sudden, after his only bad game in two seasons last week, and one ill-advised throw last night, people are starting to say it’s time to dump him in favor of Colin Kaepernick.

It’s a bye week for the Broncos, so I just decided to run with this topic, because I think it’s absurd.  If you watched the game between Seattle and San Francisco last night, I’d question your grasp on reality if your takeaway was that Smith struggled.  If you didn’t see the game, and you just looked at the numbers- sure, they’re pretty average looking.

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San Diego columnist: TYJE Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Unsurprisingly, San Francisco and Seattle waged quite the defensive battle last night.

The Niners emerged from the run-heavy physical matchup with a 13-7 victory which put them atop the surprisingly strong NFCW with a 5-2 record. The division, for many recent years the worst in the league, is currently the only one sporting four teams at or above .500, and no other division has three teams with winning records.

A pair of late decisions by San Francisco raised eyebrows: first, they ran the tentative Alex Smith on a draw while facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Seattle 13-yard line, which for some evinced a lack of confidence in the QB. The play gained just three yards, and the Niners kicked a short FG to extend their lead to 13-6.

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Open Thread: TNF Week 7 - Seahawks @ 49ers

Doug FarrarBucky BrooksGordon McGuinness, Benjamin Hoffman, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Dan Arkush preview the game, plus some notes on the matchup; Bill Simmons expects Seattle to win outright despite being seven-point dogs.

Mike Tanier analyzes the pistol formations Jim Harbaugh is utilizing with Colin Kaepernick but doesn't expect the Niners to transition from Alex Smith to their second-year QB. But Jason Cole thinks they should, and soon.

Enjoy the game!

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Rest of the West in chaos Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team held a light and abridged practice yesterday before heading their separate ways for the bye week.

Tracy Porter, who was held out of Monday's game and did not make the trip to San Diego due to dizziness and lightheadedness (let's hope it's not concussion-related), was the only Bronco not to participate.

John Fox exhorted his players to stay out of trouble, telling them he only wants to read about them if they "win the lottery."

Not everyone will be able to get away, as Chris Harris will still be frequenting Dove Valley for treatment on the ankle injury that's bothered him for much of the season, and Derek Wolfe says his introduction to the NFL has him too beat up to go anywhere.

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