Gut Reaction: Week 5 - Broncos vs Cardinals

Although the Cardinals have a good defense, they discovered one thing about playing the Denver Broncos.

Play man to man at your own risk.

Peyton Manning threw for the most yards in his career. Demaryius Thomas set a team single-game receiving record. And the Broncos nearly reached 600 yards in total offense.

This is what happens when you try and match talent with the Broncos. You find out what you knew all along.

You’re biting dust.

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Jets bench Geno Smith, but will start him against Broncos

Rex Ryan benched Geno Smith at halftime on Sunday, but says the second-year QB will start against the Broncos next week.

The Jets trailed the Chargers 17-0 after two quarters, with Smith having gone just 4/12 for 27 yards and an interception.

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Final Score: Broncos 41, Cardinals 20 (Updated)

We’d love to focus on Peyton Manning’s 500th career touchdown pass, but we wouldn’t want to do so at the expense of numbers 501, 502, and 503.

Peyton threw four touchdown passes, Demaryius Thomas set a new single-game franchise record for receiving yards, and the Broncos whipped the Cardinals 41-20 (Game Book) at SAF@MH.

Thomas broke Shannon Sharpe's mark of 214 yards, established during a 2002 overtime win at Kansas City.

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Open Thread: Broncos vs Cardinals

Inactives: Broncos - WR Cody Latimer, RB C.J. Anderson, DB David Bruton, LB Lerentee McCray, OL Ben Garland, OL Michael Schofield, DL Mitch Unrein

Cardinals - QB Carson Palmer, LB Glenn Carson, TE Darren Fells, NT Bruce Gaston, OLB Thomas Keiser, LB Desmond Bishop, RB Marion Grice

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 5

Enjoy the games, and Go Niners (vs KC) and Jets (at SD)!

Study suggests college players report fewer than 4% of possible concussions

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A couple of notes on coaching jobs from Gary Myers:

Raiders owner Mark Davis seems obsessed with bringing back Jon Gruden to coach in Oakland after he fired Dennis Allen last week. If Davis gives Gruden total control, this might be the job he takes...

Speculation is the University of Michigan wants Ravens coach John Harbaugh if Brady Hoke gets fired. If not John, then Jim, the 49ers coach and former Wolverines quarterback...

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NFL to start HGH testing on Monday

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, the Cardinals will again start Drew Stanton over the injured Carson Palmer at quarterback on Sunday.

Palmer (shoulder) and LB Glenn Carson (ankle) are out, guard Paul Fanaika (knee) is questionable, while five other Cardinals are listed as probable.

For Denver, David Bruton (ankle) and Lerentee McCray (knee) are questionable, and five others are probable, including Louis Vasquez (ribs).

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Continuing to undesign

In a continuing effort to focus on readability and content, I've made some more design tweaks. Or untweaks, depending on how you want to look at them.

The most noticable changes on all devices are the top navigation, now matching the color theme of the rest of the site, and the font sizes, many of which are slightly larger than before.

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More on the Broncos’ release of Matt Prater

OTC's Jason Fitzgerald has cleared up the caponomic questions relating to Matt Prater's release.

Per Fitzgerald, the move saves $2.294M in cash and cap this season.

As for the 2015 impact, there's a savings of at least $3.25M in cash and cap, and a dead money hit of at most $812,500.

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Broncos release Matt Prater

On Friday, the Broncos announced the release of placekicker Matt Prater in favor of Brandon McManus, who stood in for him during the former's suspension.

Prater still has one game remaining on his four-game ban for alcohol use.

Denver will send its 2015 seventh-round pick to the Giants to complete their August trade.

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