Open Thread: Sunday Week 14

Enjoy the game, and Go Chargers (those words are incredibly hard to write)!

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How many head coaches can Dan Snyder pay at once?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With a win today against Buffalo, Denver (9-3) can substantially improve its playoff position, one way or another.

San Diego (8-4) hosts New England (9-3) in the night game, in a matchup that obviously contains major AFC implications. Obviously, we'll all be rooting for the Chargers, as uncomfortable a concept that may be.

Wins by Denver and San Diego would give the Broncos a leg up in the race for the #1 seed and homefield advantage.

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A Second Helping of the Broncos’ improved running game

When Orlando Franklin learned that he was being moved to left guard last offseason, he issued a very negative tweet on the subject. He quickly took it down, and got on board with the idea. The development of the offensive line as a whole has followed a similar path.

There were some tenacious problems that developed early in the season. They were dealt with, one after another. No player is starting where he did last season for the Broncos. Yet Denver has a revitalized line.

"When I first heard about it, you get disappointed, because you're moving positions," Franklin said. "But at the end of the day, as long as I'm on the field and as long as I'm one of the best five, I'm happy with that."

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Broncos promote Brandon McManus, waive Isaiah Burse

The Broncos have indeed promoted kicker Brandon McManus from their practice squad to handle kickoffs, waiving punt returner Isaiah Burse to make room for him.

As noted by Mike Klis, Connor Barth has the worst touchback percentage (6.7%) among 47 kickers with at least 100 kickoffs since he entered the NFL in 2008.

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Broncos may promote Brandon McManus for kickoffs

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Irv Moss, the Broncos are considering activating Brandon McManus to handle kickoffs as soon as tomorrow against Buffalo.

Prior to Barth's signing, I'd suggested that using two roster spots on kickers would be a waste, as the kickoff specialist would take the place of someone who can tackle, block, catch, carry, and/or run.

But you know what? There are only four games left in the season, and once the playoffs come, the bottom couple roster spots don't figure to matter so much on game days.

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Broncos may again be without Julius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas (ankle) made a limited return to practice on Friday, is listed as probable, and expects to play on Sunday against Buffalo.

Aqib Talib (hamstring) practiced in full all week and is also probable; Julius Thomas (ankle), Terrance Knighton (elbow), Jacob Tamme (rib), Quinton Carter (knee), and Quanterus Smith (ribs) were limited, and are listed as questionable.

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DeMarco Murray is a great player but maybe not such a great teammate

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Led by DeMarco Murray's 228 yards from scrimmage, the Cowboys (9-4) clinched their first winning season with a 41-28 blowout at Chicago (5-8).

The game wasn't nearly as close as the final score would suggest, as Chicago scored 21 fourth quarter points and was within two scores for just a few minutes in the second half.

Murray piled up 41 touches and one score on Thursday, and now has 1,998 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns on the season.

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Demaryius Thomas said something nice

Pending unrestricted free agent Demaryius Thomas says he'd take less money to stay in Denver. Which is nice.

Of course, just because he says he would give a hometown discount doesn't mean he will.

Current estimates over at OTC suggest that Oakland will have around $55M in cap space, while Jacksonville and the Jets will each have more than $40M free.

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Open Thread: Dallas @ Chicago

PFF, ESPNCBS, and KSK preview the matchup. Enjoy the game!

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Broncos add Brandon McManus to practice squad

Concerned by last week's atrocious performance on kickoffs by Connor Barth (what did they expect?), the Broncos have brought Brandon McManus back into the fold by adding him to their practice squad.

Per Mike Klis, the team signed McManus to ensure they could activated him "on moment's notice." It's a sensible move for a team that kicks off a hell of a lot more often than it attempts field goals (last week's five-FG game inclusive).

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