Open Thread: Sunday Week 9

Enjoy the games, and Go Dolphins (versus San Diego) and Jets (at KC)!

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A Second Helping of Paul Cornick and Ronnie Hillman against San Diego

When you have a running back who’s 200 lb, soaking wet after Sunday dinner, one question always stands out. How do you get yards up the middle with him?

There are several options - the inside zone run is always good. The back runs it on the right guard’s outside hip, and with Louis Vasquez, there’s lots of room. But, there are many plays that work just fine for a smaller back. Denver displayed one against San Diego in Week 8, featuring the blocking skills of Paul Cornick at right tackle.

The play shows exactly why Cornick replaced Chris Clark in the starting lineup:

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Snowy and windy backdrop for Manning/Brady 16

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As much as the weather has been discussed this week, it appears not to have been overkill.

It's been snowing today (if less than is being portrayed on ESPN), and that's expected to continue into the afternoon. It remains to be seen how much of that snow will be cleared by kickoff.

The forecast calls for plenty of wind, and that's a legitimate concern for Denver, considering Peyton Manning's oft wobbly throws.

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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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