Vince Young: the Norm Peterson of Cheesecake Factory Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning (video) was of course asked about his arm strength yesterday, since his three interceptions on Monday were a bit floaty in nature.

But as one would expect, Peyton didn't have much to say, because what can he possibly offer? He's already told us many times that he's not 100%.

For his part, Eric Decker says Manning "hummed" the deep middle pass that sailed through the wideout's hands, and he of course says he should have caught the ball there.

Chris Harris and Chris Kuper did conditioning work, but neither practiced yesterday; Kuper is reportedly still a week away from practicing. Quinton Carter and Von Miller were limited, while Joel Dreessen and Brandon Stokley are on the injury report but were full participants.

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Scouting the Broncos: Back to basics

As usual, I’ve been looking over the film of the first game with regard to the offensive line. Health issues prevented my spending the time necessary to fully cover the second game, but I did a little poking around in the stat pile as far as where the Denver OL stands in general.

I’ll work in what I found in the first game - as you’d expect, the stats were better in that contest, simply because the line played very well. Here are just the bare bones of the second game, using the figures over at Pro Football Focus:

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Why can’t Monday be the refs’ fault? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I'm not sure why I need to clarify yesterday morning's intro, because I thought it was rather clear. But here goes...

Yes, my point was indeed that the officiating played a large role in the outcome of Monday's game. Were their blown calls alone in causing Denver to lose? Of course not. The turnovers helped, as did a dropped interception or two. The pass rush could have been more impactful.

But here's what I find quite amusing regarding the allocation of blame for a loss:

Why is one person's claim that Peyton Manning's three interceptions were the main reason for the loss considered indisputable, while it would be completely invalid to blame the refs?

Both are opinions, and not based in delusion, right? Or is the latter un-American?

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Blake to IR; C.J. Davis back to 53-man roster

The Broncos are placing fourth-round pick center/guard Philip Blake on IR, and promoting center C.J. Davis from the practice squad to take his place on the 53-man roster. Adam Grant, who spent the 2011 season on Denver's practice squad, will rejoin the group in place of Davis.

Blake was inactive for Denver's first two games and was listed on the team's injury report as having a "Thump" issue which limited his practice on Saturday. So, either thump injuries are a big deal, or something else has happened to Blake.

Davis made the team out of training camp but was cut loose to facilitate the addition of veteran center Dan Koppen.

Happy National Cheeseburger Day Lard

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Today is National Cheeseburger Day, so be sure to celebrate with your favorite version of the iconic American food.

A Hamburger Today is marking the occasion by giving away a signed copy of George Motz's Hamburger America. Motz's show Burger Land, which reairs on the Travel Channel next Wednesday and Thursday, is worth checking out.

My favorite version of our national treasure (favorite meal, really) is a rare burger with cheddar at J.G. Melon, along with their crispy cottage fries; the photo below is from my most recent trip there.

J.G. Melon is unfortuntely located on Manhattan's stuffier-than-stuffy Upper East Side, and the service isn't exactly top-shelf. But there's no better burger for my money.

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The NFL just doesn’t care Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know, you never want to make it about the officials. It's petty, it's weak, and it's the mark of sore losers.

Especially when you turn the ball over four times within a quarter. Well, three times, if the referees had even the slightest clue on Knowshon Moreno's fumble.

See? There we go.

The story of Denver's 27-21 loss (Gamebook) was going to be Peyton Manning's three early interceptions, but the defense held Atlanta to just 10 points following those inexcusable gaffes.

From there, the Ginger Hammer's so-called "competent" replacement officials took over.

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Gut Reaction: Week 2 - Broncos @ Falcons

Peyton Manning said the Broncos are a work in progress.

Perhaps we should have believed him.

In Week 1, we all caught a case of Coltsahanta Virus--the feeling of invicibility that results from having Peyton Manning under center.  Unfortunately, it's a virus that hasn't been communicable since 2009.

It would be easy to blame this loss on a group of replacement referees that blew call after call after call--they actually referred to the Falcons as "red" at one point during a penalty.  The faster the league replaces the replacements, the better.  

Yet, this loss is mostly Manning's piece of work. You can't spin the loss any other way.  Despite a flurry of activity late in the fourth quarter, Manning floated several passes, turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, and often checked into poor audibles.

Get back to work, Peyton.  I believe you now.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 2 - Broncos @ Falcons

Inactive for Denver are CB Chris Harris, RB Ronnie Hillman, DT Sealver Siliga, WR Andre Caldwell, C/G Philip Blake, QB Caleb Hanie, and G Chris Kuper. Out for Atlanta are S Charles Mitchell, CB Terrence Johnson, C Joe Hawley, T Lamar Holmes, DE Jonathan Massaquoi, DE Cliff Matthews, and QB Dominique Davis.

The absence of Harris means Tony Carter will be Denver's nickel corner; Brock Osweiler will be Peyton Manning's backup with Hanie inactive, with Hillman and Caldwell again notable inactives. Key players in T Tyson Clabo and LB Sean Witherspoon had been listed as questionable for Atlanta but are active.

Enjoy the game everyone, and Go Broncos!

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Game Day Limerick: Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan never loses at home--so we're told.  That doesn't mean he avoids getting limericked.

We have Matty Ice at his home.
He can only play in that dome.
He’s in for a shock
when Champ picks the rock
and flashes tonight like he’s chrome. 

Give it your best shot, Broncos fans!  

Broncos/Falcons pre-game Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Ron Jaworksi and Mike Ditka are siding with coach Greg Schiano regarding the end of the Giants/Tampa Bay game yesterday, when the Bucs defensive line crashed through with the Giants in victory formation.

But Will Brinson explains why Schiano is full of it when he says it's all about playing hard 100% of the time; or at least, the new NFL coach doesn't practice what he's preaching.

To wit, Schiano's team didn't try its hardest when the G-Men knelt to end the first half, and Schiano did not use all of his timeouts at the end of the game.

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