Manning versus Brady, ad infinitum

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Sunday's forecast continues to include cold and windy conditions at Foxboro, even if Bill Belichick says to ignore such predictions.

But if the meteorologists are correct, then we should expect some run-heavy game plans, and then Denver's few injuries may come into play.

Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) and Louis Vasquez (illness) were upgraded to full participants on Friday and are listed as probable, while Montee Ball was again ruled out.

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Ray McDonald not expected to face domestic violence charges

Good Morning, Broncos fans! New Orleans (4-4) took over first place in the NFCS with a 28-10 whipping of Carolina (3-5-1).

Drew Brees threw one touchdown and rushed for another, while Mark Ingram ran for another two, in leading the Saints to their first road win of the year.

Carolina has now won just one of its last seven games, including a tie against Cincy.

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Open Thread: New Orleans @ Carolina

PFF, ESPN, and NYT preview the matchup. Enjoy the game!

Eric & Jessie, you’re not in Colorado anymore

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A shoulder injury to Ronnie Hillman gave Denver a bit of a scare yesterday.

However, Hillman did practice in limited fashion on Wednesday and is/was practicing again today.

Louis Vasquez was held out on Wednesday due to illness, but was also back to work today.

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Von Miller named AFC Defensive POM

Von Miller was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October. Miller has had seven sacks during Denver's four-game winning streak, and has at least one QB takedown in six straight games.

He first won the award in November 2012, when he totaled eight sacks and forced three fumbles. Von and the newly retired Champ Bailey (11/05, 10/06) are the only Broncos to have won the award twice.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady is the AFC Offensive POM, presumably beating out Peyton Manning for that honor.

Why Denver can’t afford to let Chris Harris walk via free agency

Nearly halfway though the season, Denver is playing like the champions they intend to be. It’s an amazing privilege to watch Peyton Manning rewrite the record books. The question of the week tends to be what other Broncos played like champs. There’s always a list.

We talk about the importance of the lines, the guys in the trenches, and rightfully so. Terrance Knighton in particular has been a force of nature. It’s good to see Derek Wolfe playing so well after his last season. The secondary has played well. The Broncos have even held on goal line stands.

We can marvel at the kinds of financial choices Denver will face next offseason. They have Emmanuel Sanders locked up, but the Thomases and a slew of others to sign.

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Broncos remain an emphatic #1 across the rankings board

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After they pummeled the rival Chargers in Week 8, Denver remains atop all of the rankings we've been tracking this year.

For the second straight week, the Broncos have the #1 offense and #1 defense per AFA's efficiency rankings.

Their Gross Winning Percentage (explained here last week) inched up to an otherworldly 0.70.

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Celebrating Champ Bailey’s greatness

Champ Bailey was never much for yapping about his own greatness. But showboating and self-promotion aren't prerequisites to become one of the all-time greats, which Champ surely was.

Bailey didn't have the irritating ego of peers like Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, or Terrell Owens, so he wasn't talked about quite as often.

But he'll end up in Canton just the same, and probably as soon as he's eligible.

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Broncos replace Boyett with wideout; two trades at deadline

The Broncos filled their practice squad vacancy by signing former Arena League wideout Douglas McNeil.

A spot had opened with last week's post-arrest release of John Boyett.

Tuesday's trade deadline saw no other action for Denver, who reportedly drew multiple offers for corner Tony Carter. According to Troy Renck, Baltimore was among the teams who came calling.

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Agent: Champ Bailey is retiring

The Champ has decided to hang 'em up.

Longtime former Broncos corner Champ Bailey is retiring after 15 seasons, says his agent, Jack Reale.

As Reale tells it, Bailey has drawn interest from a couple of teams, but has decided instead to move on.

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