Niners get back to basics against Rams

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The Niners (2-2) got back to what they do best on Thursday night in a 35-11 pummeling of the host Rams (1-3).

San Francisco pounded out 218 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and Colin Kaepernick bounced back following two rough games with an efficient performance that included two touchdown passes.

The Niners defense stifled the Rams offense, holding them to just 188 total yards, sacking Sam Bradford five times and turning him over twice.

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Open Thread: TNF - Niners @ Rams

Here are tonight's inactive lists.

Andy Benoit and PFF's Jeff Deeney preview the matchup; Bill Simmons is taking the Rams and the points (3.5 of them). Enjoy the game!

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Should Denver try to trade for Jordan Gross?

The NFL's trade deadline is still 4.5 weeks away (4pm ET on Tue, Oct 29), and no team (except for the Browns) is ready to cut bait on 2013.

Of course, trades can occur anytime between now and then, and Robert Mays has a few ideas, including one that would have Denver send a fifth-round pick to Carolina in exchange for left tackle Jordan Gross:

Why the Broncos should pick up the phone: With Ryan Clady done for the year, Denver’s only real weakness appears to be at left tackle. Replacement Chris Clark played very well against Lamarr Houston on Monday night, but Gross is a proven commodity. Denver has the inside track to the Super Bowl right now, and bringing in a proven left tackle as a one-year rental would be a perfect way to keep it. You can replace “Denver” with “Seattle” in that last sentence, and the point stands

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Injury Report: Welcome back, Carter

There's only one change on the injury report today, as Tony Carter made a limited return to practice.

Champ Bailey and Joel Dreessen remained limited, while Duke Ihenacho and Paris Lenon did not practice.

Once again, nine Broncos are listed on the injury report but were full participants, while for the Eagles, Jason Peters was a full participant, and Patrick Chung did not practice.

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RIP Paul Oliver

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not only will the Eagles enter Sunday's game at SAF@MH far more rested than the Broncos, they will do so with a much shorter injury list.

14 Broncos were on Wednesday's injury report, with Champ Bailey and Joel Dreessen still limited, and Duke Ihenacho, Tony Carter, and Paris Lenon held out entirely.

For the Eagles, only two players were listed: safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) missed practice for the second straight day, while tackle Jason Peters, who has a dislocated finger, was a full participant.

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Manning again named AFC Offensive POW

For the second time in three weeks - and the fourth time since he came to Denver - Peyton Manning has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week.

Manning completed 32 of 37 passes (including four drops) for 374 yards and three scores, giving him the NFL's most ever through three games, with twelve.

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Bucs to bench Freeman in favor of Glennon

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's kind of strange to see/hear John Fox and Peyton Manning's mild complaints about coming off a short week to face the Eagles, who last played on Thursday night.

It's not much unlike that buddy with the single-digit handicap who lets you know about his sore wrist as you're driving to the golf course.

Then again, when Fox and Manning offer a unified message, there's usually good reason. In this case, perhaps it's a way to keep the guys motivated and not taking things for granted.

Hey guys, everyone says we're amazing, but we're facing a team that has four extra days' worth of rest on us. The schedule makers want us to lose!

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Mailbag: What to make of Terrelle Pryor?

Happy Tuesday, friends. We got an email from one of our readers today, by the name of Daniel Henderson. It’s easy for us to think sometimes that our reader base = our commenter base, but the reality is that for every person who comments, we have many, many regular readers who don’t.

Here’s Daniel’s question:

I was wondering if any of you guys noticed Kiszla on twitter yesterday being the only person in the media who i could find ripping hard on the non-nfl QB-ness of Pryor. Fully expected a comment somewhere today about it! All the other pundits seem very high on Pryor.  Thoughts?

Oh, I have some thoughts.  Hit the jump, and we’ll count the thoughts.

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Confession of a spoiled Broncos fan

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's bound to happen when your team's quarterback is Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Or John Elway.

Still, I have to admit that I'm feeling pangs of remorse and self-contempt for having my thoughts dominated by what could have been for Denver last night. This is the way obnoxious Colts and Patriots fans have been thinking for the past 12 or 15 years.

Come to think of it, I was probably equally ridiculous in my expectations for the Broncos in 1998, and had been waiting 15 years for the opportunity to again act like a spoiled brat.

They should have put up 50+ points...held the Raiders scoreless...not punted...had no penalties...dropped no passes...

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Gut Reaction: Week 3 - Broncos vs Raiders

The image that I enjoyed most tonight was one you probably didn’t even notice.

Adam Gase on the sidelines, looking like a football nerd, intensity washed over his face, calling plays as fast as his brain could think and his mouth could move.

On the other end, a football cyborg named Peyton Manning: half man, half machine, calculating the defense’s moves three or four steps ahead, changing the play with the mere flick of a hand.

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